Betsy DeVos is a longtime philanthropist and advocate for school choice. She, along with her husband Dick DeVos, are passionate about issues such as education, the arts, and leadership. While they give a lot of money away to nonprofits, they have also served in other ways such as on the boards of nonprofits. Among the boards Betsy has served on are national educational nonprofits such as DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is also the chairman of their foundation, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
As a leader in the school choice community, Betsy DeVos is dedicated to providing the families of children the option of where their children attend school. Many schools in the United States, especially in poor areas, are failing students as they provide a sub-standard education. Betsy wants people to be able to choose where their children go, including charter schools and other privately operated schools, so that children receive the education they deserve. She advocates for reforms in the educational industry including things like tax credit and vouchers in order to help parents pay for private schooling. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
It was in the 1980’s that Betsy DeVos became aware of how important school choice was. She visited Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan which provided a private education to children in that city, including many that came from lower-income households. By talking to the parents she learned their stories and how important it was that their children receive a good education, something the local public schools didn’t provide. Eventually, Betsy and Dick began providing scholarships to a lot of the children who attended Potter’s House in order to help pay for their education and reduce the burden on their parents.
In addition to working with nonprofits and advocating for school choice, Betsy DeVos has also served for 15 years as a mentor to at-risk children. She served in this role in schools around the Grand Rapids public schools system. This experience informed her beliefs about how schools operate as well as what kind of education they were receiving. She believes all children, regardless of their family’s income level and what zip code they live in, deserve a fair shot at the American Dream by getting a good quality education at a cost their families can afford.
In February 2017, Betsy DeVos was nominated and confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Education. This event was the result of her 30 years of involvement in the educational field. She has pledged to work with teachers and school administrators across the country in order to reform education and return control of schools to the state and local level. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.