After working for a very long time trying to transform the education system in the United States, Betsy DeVos was given the opportunity to serve as the country’s secretary of education in the Trump’s government. It implies she is in a better position to continue with her work while she is the head of the education sector. Betsy’s interests in educational matters started several years ago when she had school-age kids. Together with her husband, Dick DeVos, they used to visit a prominent school in Grand Rapids that had majority of students from low income areas. This offered the couple the opportunity to interact with parents who made huge sacrifice to send their kids to school.
The incidence they witnessed at the school was an avenue for the couple to begin their philanthropic initiatives by supporting some students at the school. According to Betsy DeVos, the commitment to support Potter’s House Christian School is still alive even today. Since the couple had the opportunity to select the right schools for their kids, it was not possible for many parents who sent their kids to this school. That was the beginning of Betsy’s role of advocating for quality access to education to all American kids regardless of their family background. In early 1990s, Dick DeVos was elected to serve on the Education Board in Michigan, while Betsy started a foundation to support students from less fortunate families with scholarships. This idea was great but not all needy students were covered by the program.
The Educational-Choice Program
Betsy DeVos further advanced her desire to bring uniformity in the education sector by serving on boards of two nationally recognized charities that advocated for the expansion of educational choice program across the country. The organizations pushed for tax waiver and vouchers as ways of providing quality education to all students. Mrs. DeVos was also involved in the formation of Great Lakes Education Project, a Michigan based political action committee that promoted education reform through charter school expansion. Within a period of two years, the work of the movement was so successful and was rolled over to cover other states nationally.
Biography of Secretary Betsy DeVos
For close to three decades, Secretary DeVos has been very vocal in advocating for students whom she believed were not accorded the chance to receive the education they deserved. Her passion was to seek reforms that would enable under-served kids receive better education as those from wealthy families. For over 10 years, Betsy mentored at-risk students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Today, through her hard work, students in 25 states can access better education through educational choice movement. Before she was appointed by Trump, Betsy DeVos served The Windquest Group’s chairman, a family owned business.
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Betsy DeVos is one of the top philanthropists in the United States. She is passionate about education and has offered a lot of money to support the sector. President Donald Trump appointed her in February 2017 to serve as the secretary of education in his administration. Betsy’s hometown is Holland, Michigan and her father Edgar Prince owns an automobile parts manufacturing company that is called the Prince Corporation. She is a graduate of the Calvin College, where she got her B.A degree. Betsy’ husband, Dick DeVos, is a successful businessman whose family owns the Amway Company.
Mrs. DeVos has been an active contributor to the activities of the Michigan Republican Party as from 1982. She was chosen to acts as the Michigan area delegate in 1986. Between 1992 and 1997, Betsy was part of Michigan’s Republican National Committee. In 2004, she made significant contributions towards raising money to support the re-election bid of President George W. Bush. Her family has offered a lot of money to support the undertakings of the Republican Party. They have donated over $17million towards the campaigns of various Republican candidates.
Dick and Betsy DeVos founded a family philanthropy body in 1989, and it is called the DeVos Family Foundation. The charity organization has been working to facilitate activities that deal with art, education, leadership, arts, and justice. The family has to date given out $139 million, and their donations totaled to $11.6 million in 2015. They were ranked as the 24th most generous family in 2015. The money that the family foundation offered assisted hospitals, medical research, Christian school, Christian missions, and several other organizations. Most of the family’s donations are dedicated to supporting Christian-based bodies.
President George W. Bush recognized the excellent work of Mrs. DeVos and appointed her to the board the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She joined efforts with her husband to establish the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The couple donated about $22.5 million to ensure that the organization accomplishes its goal of supporting artists. They also founded ArtPrize, which is a competition that has been held in Michigan since 2009. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.
Betsy is a committed Christian and has dedicated herself to supporting children from low-income families. She believes that the U.S education system is not fair. Mrs. Betsy DeVos thinks that it is right to expand the education sector so that it can offer opportunities to more students. She has also been supporting school vouchers to allow payments in private learning institutions with public funds. This policy will enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to enroll in better schools. Dick and Betsy are benefactors of All Children Matter, which is an organization that greatly supports the use of school vouchers. Betsy has had an opportunity to serve as a board member of many education institutions and has always advocated for the education of choice.