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Recapping Betsy DeVos’ First Year in Office

Betsy DeVos was narrowly approved to become the United States Secretary of Education about one year ago. While many feared that she would spend all her time advocating for school choice, she has tackled many different areas during her first year in office.

The December tax bill did allow parents to set up an educational 529 found. They can then draw out up to $10,000 annually to pay for their child’s education from kindergarten onward. Many say that DeVos’ language has become softer on school choice lately. Popular buzzwords often used by DeVos include blended learning, personalized learning and innovation.

DeVos has spent much of the year trying to work herself out of a job by returning control of schools to state and local authorities. Along with it, she has done much to kill common core, although about 33 required state plans required by law to be filed with her office still have elements of common core in them.

Civil rights have been a hot topic during Betsy DeVos’ first year in office. The administration shied away from issuing a ruling in support of the right of transgender students to use the bathroom identified with their gender. DeVos stepped out to rescind special education rules enacted by the Obama administration that she saw as ineffective. Additionally, she supported due process in the case of college rape.

As in the first few months, many in the education field feel polarized by DeVos’ actions. In fact, more teachers than recently are making decisions to run for public office. In so doing, they hope to continue conversations about many different topics.

Law Schools See Rise in Applications

The Law School Admission Council recently released statistics showing that the number of applicants for law schools rose significantly. The number of applications for the upcoming year was almost 11% higher, as of January of 2018, than it was at the same time in 2017.

Also supporting that data is the fact that 27.9% more LSAT tests were taken in December of 2017 than in December of 2016.

Some professionals in the industry see this positive trend as reflective of the current climate. The U.S. job market is relatively healthy, and young people now feel fairly confident about what their career prospects could be with a law degree in hand. These upticks in applications have also happened in the past, generally a few years after an economic slowdown. Once things begin to bounce back after a recession, people start considering graduate school as a practical step in advancing their careers.

The headlines involving the important role that lawyers and judges have been playing in politics and business affairs may also affect the number of law school applications. Both Democrats and Republicans may be able to see themselves going to work for the government, nonprofit organizations, corporate firms, and as general counsel where they can fight for the type of people they identify with. Young people who are passionate about making a difference and creating real change can do so in the legal field.

To help potential students afford advanced education, many law schools are using scholarships and tuition discounts to attract their top applicants. Public and private schools are trying to boost their numbers and the quality of their student body through these incentives, and many future lawyers are gladly accepting the extra assistance.

An Intellectual Quest to Find the Most Proficient Secretary Of Education for the United States

New brooms, they say, sweep clean and the 45th President of The United States of America, Donald J Trump envisages to be the new broom that the Americans ostensibly deserve. In his quest to sweep clean, Mr. Trump recently appointed a new Secretary for Education, Mrs. Betsy DeVos. This appointment sparked intellectual tantrums across the U.S.A; there erupted a battle of wits regarding the propriety of the appointment of Betsy DeVos as the new Education Secretary.


The appointment of Betsy DeVos has been fervently lauded on one hand and vehemently disproved on the other hand. On the hand that vaunts for the appointment, there is Senator Lamar Alexander who has voiced his support for Betsy DeVos. He portrays Mrs. DeVos as a woman of impeccable character and exceptional personality. He further affirms that that Mrs. DeVos is not an educational extremist and as such she deserves the job.


On the other hand of the spectrum is the camp which opines that appointing Betsy DeVos as the education secretary was not only wrong but also disingenuous. In the critical eyes of this camp, Betsy DeVos jeopardized her credentials of being the education secretary when she blatantly refused to answer questions posed by a conglomerate of elite government officials during her confirmation and hearing.


Other affiliates of the anti-DeVos appointment are a caucus of 1000 Calvin College alumni who have come up strongly to dispute her appointment. The disapproval was set off by the group of alumni signing a letter sharing their reasons for not supporting Betsy DeVos. Among the key deficiencies in Mrs. DeVos’ portfolio were that she was not qualified for the job, she hardly had any experience and commitment to public education. They also pointed out the fact that she never worked in any educational institution as an administrator.


Irrespective of which side of the coin one lies, it is a matter of fact that the appointment of the Education Secretary of the United States of America is a delicate issue that must be dealt with meticulously. It is an issue that touches on the futures of many and prosperity can only be attained mutatis mutandis.



Key Figures in the Education Sector

The governance and control of schools are distributed among different departments of the government. President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to be the U.S. Education Secretary. However, DeVos will not be the only influential figure in education matters. Below are five candidates who could influence the American education system:


Tom Price

Price has been nominated for the U.S Secretary of Health and Human Services position. The Administration for Children and Families falls under his docket. He will be in charge of Children’s Welfare Bureau’s welfare initiatives, federal foster care money, and funding for Head Start. It facilitates early-childhood education to low-income children.


Jeff Sessions

Sessions has been nominated for the U.S. Attorney General position. Many activists and civil-rights groups have proposed that the Education’s Department’s Office for Civil Rights be moved to the Department of Justice. Sessions said that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was objectionable. The act was developed by the Obama administration to help students get work permits at universities.


Ben Carson

Carson has been nominated for the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development position. The link between his docket and education seems to be less perceptible. However, the current Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Education Secretary have work on numerous projects like racial diversity and absenteeism in schools.


Ryan Zinke

He has been nominated to be the next U.S Secretary of the Interior. He will be influential in classroom matters through the Bureau of Indian Education. The department is responsible for ensuring tribal children receive education and grant money.


Rex Tillerson

Tillerson has been nominated for the U.S. Secretary of State position. His docket is in charge of federal funds, international scholarships, and corporate cultural-exchange programs.