Despite being on President Trump’s cabinet as the Education Secretary, I was surprised to learn that Betsy DeVos actually opposed the recent overturning of the bill that granted protections to transgender students in schools. In fact, DeVos openly made a statement explaining that she felt the government had a mandate to provide a safe learning environment for all students, regardless of their background or differences from the status quo. Although I’m personally against the bill being overturned, just as Devos is, I’m at least glad to see that someone with power in the government is also willing to stand up for this injustice.
Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are others within the administration that do not have the same common sense as DeVos. In fact, several Republican sources have stated that the transgender bill was a source of contention between Betsy DeVos and the new attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Sessions has made a name for himself as being vehemently against civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people. By contrast, DeVos has shown that while she may not agree with liberals on economic issues, she does see the need for civil rights protections at the federal level.
I’m also pleased that Betsy DeVos has vowed to continue discussing the issue. At least this means it’s not quite over yet, as DeVos can no doubt defend her position much more easily than the Republican moving against her. In fact, DeVos was even noted as pointing out the hypocrisy to President Trump, as he had campaigned on the promise that he would provide protection to all students, not just those that fit into an arbitrary status quo. Read more on CNN for more info.
It’s worth noting that helping others isn’t unusual for DeVos, as she has a long history of philanthropic work. Since 1989, Betsy and her husband Dick have spent millions of dollars through their charity to help a number of various causes. Although the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is geared primarily towards Christian beliefs, they have helped people of many different denominations and backgrounds. For the most part, Betsy DeVos seems to have funneled her money into projects concerning school funding, which seems appropriate given her new position within the administration. Interestingly, she has also awarded money to colleges and universities, including arts programs.
While the future isn’t clear on the transgender bill being overturned, especially with a potential Supreme Court case on the way, at least we can rest somewhat easier knowing that Betsy DeVos is someone in the administration who is still fighting the good fight.
Follow Betsy on twitter.com.