Betsy DeVos Has Over The Years Advocated For Equal Opportunities in Education, A Fight She Will Keep on as The 11th U.S. Secretary Of Education

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.

How Betsy DeVos Has Been An Advocate For School Choice

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.

Dick DeVos Supports Global Charitable Organizations through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation

As a Grand Rapids, MI native, Dick DeVos actively support his business ventures and charitable organizations. He began working for his dad’s company, Amway, at an early age. DeVos said that the firm operated from their home’s basement. He also mentioned that together with his brother (Doug), they took care of guests who attended Amway’s yearly conventions. DeVos earned public speaking skills by speaking to guests at his father’s company. He made product demonstrations and was proud to work with Amway.

Academic Background

DeVos attended the Northwood University for an undergraduate degree in business administration program. The university acknowledged him as a distinguished alumnus. He also attended the Wharton School and Harvard Business School for executive learning programs. The Central Michigan University, Northwood University, and Groove City College issued honorary doctorates to DeVos for his influence in the Michigan business sector.

Personal Life

Dick DeVos married Betsy DeVos who previously served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The couple owns residential properties in Windsor, FL, Ada, MI and Grand Rapids, MI. He has four kids, Rick, Elissa, Ryan, and Andrea. They spend most of their vacations in the Windsor-based property. Rick followed his dad’s footsteps by studying business administration at Pepperdine University. He later decided to study mass communication from Calvin College and serves as an urban development consultant for the Windquest group.

Philanthropy

Dick and Betsy DeVos both founded a charitable organization based in Grand Rapids. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donates cash to academic, spiritual, artistic, and community-based organizations. Its beneficiaries include the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the Grand Rapids Christian Schools, and Willow Creek Association.

The school operates on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. DeVos said that several aviators expressed their interest in supporting the school by offering practical lessons to the students. He also said that the school operates as a charter school for students to acquire quality education irrespective of their financial background.

Dick DeVos also supported the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management and Art Prize financially through his charity organization. Arts managers benefit from the art institution by acquiring practical art skills. The organization also offers programs based on capacity building through web chats, workshops, and seminars.