US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defends reversal of transgender bathroom rules

DeVos, Sessions Reportedly Spar Over Trans Student Guidance

Many pointed to DeVos' affluent background as a billionaire heiress from one of Michigan's most powerful families.

Daniel Partiyeli, a third-year economics student, also said he thinks it is important for the leader of the Department of Education to have firsthand experience applying for federal student aid.

Only two Republicans joined the 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos. She is also the daughter of the founders of Prince Corp, a MI auto parts supplier, and sister of Erik Prince, the founder of the security company formerly known as Blackwater USA, now called Academi. Her husband, Dick DeVos is the CEO of Amway while her brother Erik Prince founded the private security company Blackwater. DeVos had opposed taking this step, but caved due to pressure from President Donald Trump.

In light of DeVos' remarks, educators, parents and former students are speaking out in defense of the National School Lunch Program and stressing the adverse effects of having hungry children in classrooms. DeVos, she said, has no education background.

Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions.

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During her CPAC appearance, DeVos called for school choice policies and more conservative activism on college campuses. The protesters greeted her at the entrance to their school yelling "Go back!" Susan Collins of ME, one of the two Republican senators to vote against DeVos, was "concerned with DeVos' lack of experience regarding public schools".

Previously, DeVos released a statement that focused on protecting all students, including LGBTs.

Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, issued a statement saying, "It's shameful and cruel that government and officials are using their power to target transgender youth, who are simply trying to go to school and live their lives". It's a cruel irony that so many on the left rushed to paint DeVos as an ardent opponent of LGBT+ causes during her confirmation hearings, based on the donations of other members of her family. DeVos has allegedly supported Common Core in the past, but now is firmly against it. Trump had promised to abolish Common Core while on the campaign trail.

The education secretary took the chance to highlight and push her belief that choice should be top of the agenda for the education department, while proclaiming that the federal government should take a step back on education policy. Teacher Unions are horrified by the prospect of DeVos as Secretary of Education. "I worry on Bucks' behalf, because I worry that it will not get the funds or attention that it deserves".

"This is an issue best solved at the state and local level", she said. Unfortunately, conservative control of education has led anti-intellectual ideas such as creationism to gain traction in public education. A major concern is what will become of the Federal Laws that provide funds to support high need low wealth school districts?

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