The education of Betsy DeVos: Why her school choice agenda has not advanced - 2018-09-05
She's also been stymied by division among Republicans over the idea of federal incentives for school choice. And Democrats are united against her.
"She's certainly not a very effective lobbyist" for her cause, said Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. "She has enthusiastically pushed it, and arguably the politics of choice are more complicated than they were two years ago, and the choice community is more split."
That has left DeVos with the bully pulpit. She uses it to promote alternatives to traditional public schools, typically plans that allow tax dollars to follow children when they leave for private schools. She may have won some converts, but she's alienated many others.