Betsy DeVos wears many hats one of which is a politician. In the 30 years of her life, Betsy has led multiple campaigns, political action committees, party organizations, and chaired the Michigan Republican Party. As a businesswoman, she heads a company she started together with her husband, the Windquest Group, which is an umbrella of multiple companies dealing with technology, clean energy, and manufacturing. As a philanthropist, Betsy heads and supports a number of non-profit organizations, including Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Kids Hope USA, and Alliance for School Choice among others. She is a well-known campaigner for educational choice movement.
Education Choice Program
Education choice program has been gaining momentum over the years, with 17 states recording a high number of students in the program. Other locations, such as Louisiana, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Mississippi, registered new programs while others expanded their programs in 2012. A poll conducted recently showed that education choice is growing in popularity. It also revealed that more people are opening up to reforms, including vouchers, credit cards, and savings account.
Betsy Devos started advocating for the program after witnessing parents efforts to see their kids in good schools. She began supporting individual students at the Potters House Christian School, which she has continued to do. Betsy also started helping parents by giving scholarships, which she later realized that they were not tackling the cause. Since then, she and her husband have been advocates for education choice by being a part of the American Education Reform and Children First America. They also played a role in passing the 1993 charter-school bill, and Betsy started a PAC named the Great Lakes Education Project in Michigan. She got involved with Alliance for School Choice, which led to the creation of American Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children Action Fund. Her efforts have paid off, and she hopes that digital learning, homeschooling, and charter schools will be playing a part in the education sector in the near future. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
U.S. Secretary of Education
Betsy DeVos currently serves as 11th U.S secretary of education after her nomination by President Donald Trump and Senate confirmation in February this year. Her many years of involvement in education matters gave her an understanding and the strength to fight for education. She will work closely with the U.S. President to ensure that all students get equal opportunities to quality education. Betsy is a firm believer that a child’s chance to receive education should not be limited to locality or family’s income. Her desire is to see education controlled by the states and localities, which will ensure that students lead successful career lives and that parents get a better chance in placing their kids in the most suitable schools of their choice. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.