Betsy DeVos- a conservative philanthropist as well as U.S. Education Secretary
As the newly elected US President, Trump’s administration has set out to nullify the right to protect transgender students in public schools- a decision that was made during President Barrack Obama’s regime. Before the rights protection bill is revoked, Betsy DeVos, the U.S. secretary of education has taken it upon herself to oppose the move. So that the directive can be fully nullified, both Justice and Education departments must come to a common understanding and sign off the directive.
The bill under discussion is comprised of the federal anti-discrimination law that states that transgender students in public schools can use locker rooms as well as lavatories of their choice. It has been noted that the guidance provided by Barrack Obama was not legally binding, but at least transgender was able to benefit from the bill. After passing of the guideline by Obama during his regime, opposition termed such a move as a federal overreach. Some even termed the move as a violation of the rights of students who do not fall in the transgender category.
Some states decided to sue the federal government over the transgender bill. Among the states were such as Texas. Since the federal government had been sued by some states, a federal judge in Texas took it upon himself to withhold the order temporarily nationwide. The Trump administration is not taking the issue lightly. The government plans to issue an order and no one yet knows what the rule entails.
Though the battle has been quite tough, Betsy DeVos has taken her stand and is defending the transgender students in the public schools. Betsy DeVos had initially opposed a draft that entailed withdrawal of protection of transgender children in public schools. Despite the strong opposition brought about by DeVos, Trump’s administration still went ahead and issued guidance that entailed revoking of the protection of transgender students as outlined by the former President Barrack Obama in 2016. Betsy DeVos is devoted to opposing the move by the Trump administration since she believes that all American students have a right to protection as well as the freedom to education and a safe and conducive environment for learning. Hence, the issue of reserving the right to protection from transgender students is not a federal mandate. It is good to note that transgender students are the most immediate victims of issues such as discrimination and bullying. Due to the circumstance that surrounds transgender students, it is not an advisable move to reserve protection from such susceptible students.
Apart from fighting for the rights of transgender students in public schools, Betsy DeVos is also a philanthropist. Together with her husband Dick, they started their philanthropic foundation during the year 1989. As a philanthropist, her Christian views, as well as political views, are reflected as conservative. Her conservative nature has also been seen as in the case that she is defending the transgender students as in the case of using any toilet of choice in public schools. Visit Betsy’s website at betsydevos.com.