Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

‘A Matter of Fairness’

Education secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill, May 22, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The struggle of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is the unlikeliest villain you ever met. She is warm, polite, earnest, and generous. A wealthy woman, she has devoted her life to getting poor children a better shot at life. Bruce Kovner, her fellow philanthropist and fellow reformer, says, “Betsy is one of the most selfless souls I know.”

She could do almost anything in life, including put her feet up at the beach. (Any beach.) Yet she is in the political and policy trenches, fighting for school choice and other education reform, not for the sake of rich kids but for the worst off. For her pains,

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Education Section

Books, Arts & Manners


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