Most of us do not necessarily associated Betsy DeVos with teacher’s unions, the rapper Pitbull, or the LGBT community. In fact, it is almost difficult to come up with three things that are so vastly different from how most of us view Betsy DeVos. She seems like such a straight-laced and stern individual. However, she is surprising a lot of people with just how much personality she really has and how that personality manifests itself.
Lets start by examining what exactly Betsy DeVos and Pitbull have in common. The two of them recently met on stage in Miami to tout the benefits of charter schools for schoolchildren. Betsy DeVos has long been in favor of this kind of education reform, and it turns out that Pitbull has become an advocate for it as well. He is behind it in part because he has put some investment dollars into this kind of venture.
The two got on stage to make the case that charter schools should become a bigger part of the overall education picture that we have in this country. It was not something that most people would expect to have happened.
Teacher’s unions would seem to be a natural enemy to Betsy DeVos, but she made sure to reach out to them right off the bat. She wanted to hold the very first meeting that she had as the nation’s Secretary of Education with members of some of the largest teacher’s unions in the country. She called upon the leaders of two of the largest teacher’s unions in the nation.
One of the leaders would not agree to meet with her, but the other did. The two figures may not agree much on education policy, but it was a good opportunity for the two of them to get together and hash out their differences. Betsy DeVos had at least done her best to try to bridge a gap between herself and the teacher’s unions that are supposedly always opposed to her. She wanted to show that she and the teacher’s unions could work together when they needed to.
The LGBT Community
The LGBT community is another place where you would not necessarily expect to find a lot of love lost between them and Betsy DeVos, but that is not necessarily the case. The Secretary has had to carry out some controversial policies of the Trump administration in relation to this community, but she has proven that she can surprise at least some people with things that she has done in relation to this community.
Betsy DeVos took the time to let leaders of the LGBT community know in advance that a policy from the Trump administration was going to come down in regards to transgender students access to the bathrooms of their choosing. She did not agree with the administration and wanted to let the LGBT community know ahead of time. That is exactly what she did, and they were grateful.
All of these things point to the very real fact that Betsy DeVos is not someone that you should try to put into any particular box in terms of her character. She is who she is, and the most important part is that we all understand that there are always more than one dimension to any given individual.
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