As the Chairperson of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Betsy DeVos is considered as a leading personality in educational reform and other charitable causes. In 1989, she founded this entity alongside her husband with the aim of effecting transformative change in the American society. Betsy DeVos ventured into the political arena as a student of Calvin College, and to-date has held several positions of leadership in the Michigan Republican Party.
Her interest in educational reform began while she was volunteering at the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For a long time, the institution has catered to the needs of low-income families and at-risk children in the region. Up to this day, Betsy DeVos still actively support Potter’s House because she believes the institution promotes choice in education. She is of the opinion that if she was able to choose a good school for her children, then every parent should be given the opportunity to do so. This motivated her to work with foundations that would provide scholarships so as to promote school choice early in her career. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.
In the 1990s, Betsy DeVos served on the boards of American Education Reform Council and Children First America; charities that worked towards the implementation of educational choice through the use of tax credits and vouchers. To this end, she established the Great Lakes Education Project to propel the shift towards educational reform. Currently, the movement operates in 17 states, with more than 250,000 students benefiting from school choice. These students learn in 33 private-choice institutions that are publicly funded.
Betsy DeVos says that the movement’s greatest achievement can be witnessed in Florida, with more than 50,000 students enrolled in the state’s tax-credit scholarship program. Based on the number of enrolled students, the system bears the longest educational choice period. There have also been significant steps witnessed in Indiana and Louisiana.
She advocates for freedom in education through vouchers, tax credits, as well as other less-known approaches such as digital learning, home schooling, magnet schools, virtual schools, and charter schools. Her primary objective in educational reform is to ensure that parents select appropriate schools that will enable their children to unlock their full potential.
About Betsy DeVos
Elisabeth “Betsy” Dee DeVos currently serves in President Trump’s administration as the Secretary of Education. For over 30 years, she has been engaged in educational policy as a voice of reason for the parents, and a representative for the children. During this period, she has worked with All Children Matter and Alliance for School Choice. These two organizations later merged to form the American Federation for Children.
Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, run their own charter school known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy. She also serves as the Windquest Group’s Chairman, a privately-held group of companies with diversified investments in clean energy, manufacturing, and technology.
She is very passionate about availing quality education to underserved American children. Betsy DeVos attended Calvin College, and holds a B.A degree from the institution.