When President Trump ordered to revoke the guidance for the protection of transgender children in public schools, it was Betsy DeVos who opposed the decision. However, Donald Trump continued with his decision to revoke what Obama administration issued earlier this year. It was February 23, 2017, when new guidance was issued and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was a part of the decision. In a statement from her, Betsy said that government is responsible for the protection of every student in the US. There should be freedom to learn and thrive in a safe environment. It is a moral obligation and not just the mandate of the federal government. She was called by President Trump in his office before the signing took place. There she said that the move is against the promises which were made publicly during the elections. In reply to that, she was asked to make some adjustments in the letter, so the students continue to feel protected. This information was confirmed by many sources. As Education Secretary, Betsy is bound to follow the order of the US President.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump decided to revoke the Obama administration’s guidelines for transgender students’ protection. According to the revoked guidance, transgender students were able to use bathrooms based on their identity. Despite opposition from his Education Secretary, Trump continued with his decision to revoke them. Justice Department and Education Department prepared the letter together. The debate of bathroom has now become a rift between Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Betsy DeVos was against signing the new guidelines giving the excuse that it would create problems for transgender students in schools. Jeff Sessions is also against the expansion of LGBT rights. The Attorney General requires the consent of Education Secretary to proceed with it. Meanwhile, supporters of LGBT rights showed their displeasure by protesting outside the White House. They chanted slogans in the favor transgender students. The amended guidance revokes the transgender students’ protection, but it instructs schools to do everything to protect them from bullying.
Betsy DeVos has a great record of philanthropic activities. Most of her donations are given through Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Betsy donated a huge amount of ten million dollars in just 2015. The funds were given to different organizations, especially educational institutions. She donated four-hundred thousand dollars to Loudspeaker Media Inc. Success Academy Charter Schools received one-hundred-and-fifty thousand dollars. Betsy promised to provide an equal amount in the future. Five thousand dollars were given GREAAT Schools Incorporation. Michigan-based Christian school, The Potter’s House, was donated two-hundred thousand dollars. A nonprofit group named Alliance for School Choice got hundred thousand dollars. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy received seven-hundred-and-fifty thousand dollars. Ten thousand dollars were given to the Institute for Justice. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more.
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