Betsy DeVos Says “No Way” to Trump’s Bathroom Bill in Schools

The Obama Administration’s late-term law on transgender bathroom use is under serious threat. After President Trump stated more than once that he would fight to protect all students, this reversal is surprising for many.

More surprisingly than this is the fact that the much-maligned Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, opposed this action. Sources have said that from the beginning she was fighting to maintain the promises made while campaigning – that all students, particularly transgender boys and girls – would be protected under the leadership of the Trump Administration.

For some this is an astounding revelation, but once one goes beneath the surface, it becomes clear that Betsy DeVos has always been a champion for the disenfranchised. Read more on The New York Times.

Family History

One area where Secretary DeVos came under fire during her hearing was that her wealth came from her family’s founding of the Amway Corporation, a direct selling company that formed as a means of helping ordinary people start their own companies with products they could sell door-to-door.

The founding of this company was, of course, to help the DeVos family become wealthy, as well, but the business model was based on the success of those who built it, creating a sense of fairness not only in the industry of direct selling, but likely in the value system of the DeVos home.

Personal Beliefs

On values: Secretary DeVos was criticized from the outset for sending her children to private Christian schools. But this is the foundation of choice on which her opposition to the reversal of President Obama’s work stands.

Betsy DeVos believes that personal choice is a cornerstone of a successful life, and it stands to reason that one cannot be free to make the choices they know to be best for them if they are not protected from hate and prejudice.

Lifetime Philanthropy

While the media lambasted the political contributions of a couple thousand dollars to just about every Republican one could name, it failed to note that the new Secretary of Education has been championing schools from pre-K on up to the university level for years, as well as the fine arts.

For those who know the DeVos family history of giving – most notably to the much-loved Easter Seals organization – it isn’t a surprise that Betsy DeVos has given individual gifts in the range of $100,000 or more to many schools, as well as $250,000 to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The outlook for this bill looks bleak at the moment, but there is hope for our students in that the Secretary of Education is willing to fight for them. While this round appears to be lost, the war for our schools is still waging.

Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.