Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education for the United States, recently paid a visit to Washington to check-in on an all-girls charter school. She was joined by Queen Rania of Jordan and Melania Trump. DeVos had some positive things to say about the school and talked about how it is a good example of a charter school that is fulfilling its duties to educate its students. She also visited many different private and charter schools in Florida and made an appearance with someone nobody every would have expected her to be seen with.
This person was the rapper Pitbull, and the reason Betsy DeVos joined him was because he started a charter school in Florida. While she may be at odds with the profanity and vulgar language he uses in his rap music, she is a staunch supporter of charter schools. Since she has been the Secretary of Education, she has visited schools in Florida three different times, because she believes that the state is a good example of how the nation should function. As a supporter of educational choice and initiatives and laws that would allow public funds to pay for children’s tuition to charter and private schools, she supports Jeb Bush who hopes to help reform the national school system.
While some people were surprised to see Betsy DeVos with the rapper Pitbull, others know that she is dedicated to her cause and will cross political aisles and other boundaries to see educational choice become the norm in the U.S.A. Pitbull has opened up more than one charter school in Florida, and this is something that DeVos supports. She is also happy that Detroit, a city in her home-state of Michigan, is the home of the densest population of charter and private schools in the United States. The problem, according to DeVos, is that many American families can’t foot the bill to send their kids to a private school or charter school. In this way, those kids miss out, and a lot of the time they are forced to attend the public school that matches up with their zip code instead.
Betsy DeVos has been very vocal about the success in Florida and has revealed, in an interview, that the state has more than 50,000 students enrolled in educational choice programs. These kids get to enjoy a tax-scholarship program that the state began some years back, and DeVos gave a lot of the credit for making it all work in Florida to John Kirtley. What she likes about the educational program in Florida is that it has worked out very well, which means free publicity and approval for the educational reforms she hopes to see. She has commented that the battle to see American families get to choose where their kids go to school has been an uphill one but that progress is being made. It is her hope that every single family in America, some day, will have the option to be able to place their children into an educational program and school they believe in.
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