Mrs. Betsy DeVos was appointed the 11th U.S. Education Secretary on February 7, 2017, after being confirmed by the Senate. Before this appointment, she had served in various capacities in party and charitable organizations, PACs and also as a business executive. Betsy is the wife of a politician and philanthropist Dick DeVos, with whom they have worked together to support various charitable initiatives in Grand Rapids and across Michigan. They have channeled millions of dollars to charities, with the aim of helping the under-served individuals in the society. Large portion of their donations is used to fund education and other related projects.
Prior to her appointment, Mrs. DeVos was a strong supporter of educational choice and charter school programs. She partnered with other activists to champion for implementation of these programs in over 20 states. The program is also functional in the District of Columbia. Over the years, more and more parents have been enrolling their kids to these programs, allowing them to access better education. Mrs. DeVos’ interest began several years ago when she met parents who struggled to pay education fees for their children at Potter’s House in Grand Rapids. This school was recognized for serving kids from poor family backgrounds in this town. Betsy & Dick decided to sponsor some students, which they did very successfully.However, the number of parents who needed scholarships for their children was alarming making the couple to alternative ways to advance their cause. Later, she was involved in formation of organizations and PACs all fighting for educational reforms in Michigan. Their movement was seeking support from various state governments to pass laws that would allow tax credits to support school choice program. Betsy was personally involved in the formation of the organization responsible for charter schools expansion in the state of Michigan. Through her leadership and efforts, their mission was very successful, and they decided to roll-over the program in other states.
Personal Biography of Betsy DeVos
For more than three decades, Mrs. DeVos has played critical role of fighting for change of education policy in different states as well as on the national level. She was advocating for children and also acting as a voice for parents. When Betsy was growing up, she witnessed leaders supporting several projects focusing on the education sector in her home town. The leaders’ objective was to improve the standard of learning for children in that area. It was a major inspirational that made her decide to focus on education after realizing the inequalities that existed in the U.S. education system. Mrs. DeVos attained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Calvin College. Her philanthropic work has helped many kids in Michigan and across the United States.