A few years ago, Philanthropy magazine interviewed Betsy DeVos about her role of supporting reforms in the American education system. Mrs. DeVos believed that publicly funded schools were not performing to the expectations of many parents, and therefore, there was a need to seek an alternative way to ensure students accessed the education they deserved. Betsy and other activists teamed up to champion for radical education reforms like tax credits, savings accounts and vouchers to help poor parents send their kids to schools of their choice. Her interest in supporting the movement began many years ago when she visited Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids and interacted with parents who had challenges paying tuition fees for their children. Betsy and Dick (her husband) started to support individual kids at the institution, and that commitment continued to grow until today where the school is funded by the couple to a significant level.
How Betsy’s Commitment to Education Reforms was Expanded
Betsy had the privilege to choose the best school for her children and she believed it could be fair if other parents had the chance to do the same. Together with her husband, they became more committed to assist other parents, especially those from poor family backgrounds. In 1990, Dick was elected at the State Board of Education in Michigan, and Betsy began a foundation that offered scholarships to students from poor families, allowing parents to choose which schools to send their kids. However, the couple realized although the plan was good, it would not address the root cause of the problem because they lacked the ability to support all the needy families. Still in the 1990s, Betsy DeVos served on boards of American Education Reforms Council and Children First America. These were charity organizations that focused on expansion of educational choice through tax incentives and vouchers. Mrs. DeVos was also involved in creating Great Lakes Education Project, a PAC based in Michigan that advocated for education reforms, particularly through charter schools expansion.
Professional and Career Life of Betsy DeVos
On February 7, 2017, Mrs. Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate to be in charge of the education docket for Donald Trump’s government. For over 30 years now, Betsy has actively participated in reforming education policies in the United States in order to offer more kids the opportunity to attend schools of their choice. She had served on boards of different civic and charitable groups like ArtPrize, Kids Hope USA, Kendall College of Art and Design among others. Betsy Devos was also part of the executive team of The Windquest Group, an investment company they founded in 1989. She graduated with BA degree from Calvin College. Betsy began her political ambitions during her college days. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.