The rule that allowed the transgender students to use the bathrooms with respect to their gender identity has been revoked by the administration, though the Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos didn’t agree to it. Under her, the education department opposed the movement, but the President overruled the order and revoked it. Betsy termed the new move as discriminatory and against the rule of law, however, got rescinded with her discord. She said that she tried to persuade with the President but could not bring the desired result in favor of transgender students. It is reported that the civil rights officials of Justice Department also opposed the move to scrap the rule on bathroom use by transgender students.
It is reported that Betsy even reminded Trump that both of them are bound to protect the students and publicly promised to do so. Though her attempts did not work for transgender students, she made sure to add the point in the new guideline that such students would be protected from any violation or discrimination and if any bullying noted will be investigated by Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to ensure the equality. Betsy DeVos felt that there is some insensitivity towards the children with the revoke but acknowledged the fact that the President makes the decisions. There are reports that Betsy is working with the stakeholders to ensure there is no victimization or discrimination with the recent move. Even since the movement started to remove the rules protecting transgender students, Betsy found to be not happy with the developments.
Betsy DeVos, the current Education Secretary in Trump administration, is known as an education activist and a philanthropist. She thinks that the quality of teaching has gone down over the years and current education system is not competitive enough to follow the American dream. With that in mind, she encouraged School of Choice, School Vouchers, Charter school system, and Grading system for schools, as she believes that there is a necessity of increased competition between schools to provide quality of education. Also, the parents should have an option to send the children to the school of their choice regardless of economic background. She and her husband Dick DeVos set up a foundation called Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation (dbdvfoundation.org) to donate to various organizations in 1989. They donate mainly for the cause of education, arts, leadership, community, and justice. It is found that in the year 2015 alone they made contributions amount to $11.6 million, whereas their lifetime contributions stand at $139 million. She is also very active in supporting arts, and the DeVos family founded ArtPrize in 2009, a global art competition program to encourage the talents, and it is held every year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read the interview on Betsy DeVos with Philantrophy Table.