Betsy DeVos is a leading advocate for education. She served as the chairperson of the American Federation for Children. I went through an interview that Mrs. Devos had with Philanthropy magazine. When Betsy was asked about what drew her into the educational choice movement, she explained that it was more of a gradual process. Betsy and her husband, Dick DeVos, have school-aged children. When the couple visited one of the schools in Grand Rapids, they realized that some parents were struggling to put their kids through school. After a few visits to the school, Dick and Betsy DeVos decided to support various students financially. I understand that this turned into a commitment that the two had to honor. Betsy initiated a program that offers scholarships to kids from low-income families. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
Betsy has worked for two national charities: The American Education Reform and Children First America. These organizations had a common goal, which was to expand the educational choice. In 1993, Besty and Dick Devos were involved in passing Michigan’s charter-school bill to law. The couple believes that every kid should have better educational options. That’s why, in 2001, they wanted the state of Michigan to allow tax-credit vouchers and scholarships. I read from the Philanthropy magazine that Dick and Besty DeVos have been in politics for a while now. Mrs. Devos was once the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party.
She is the founder of a PAC called the Great Lakes Education Project. The purpose of forming this committee was to promote education reforms via charter schools in Michigan. Betsy was also the chair of the All Children Matter. While at the organization, she had the chance to work with other people who supported the school-choice movement. After a few years, Betsy and some of her associates formed the American Federation for Children. They started AFC because they believed that successful advocacy required additional effort. Betsy Devos found a lot of success in Florida’s education reforms. The state’s tax-credit scholarship program has enabled the constituents to get better educational choices. Currently, the program covers more than 50,000 students.
About Betsy DeVos
Betsy Devos is the 11th secretary of education of the United Stated. President Donald Trump nominated her for the position. On February 7, 2017, the Senate confirmed her appointment. She has been part of policy-making in the education sector for more than 20 years. Secretary DeVos is passionate about reforming education to help underprivileged kids attend the best schools. I did a quick online search on her background and learned that her interest in education started when she started attending school. Betsy DeVos noticed that not every child had access to quality education. She recalls that leaders in her area did their best to create more educational opportunities. This inspired her to fight for the provision of better school options. Check this article from New York Post