Betsy DeVos, in my view, is an all-round superwoman. She studied at Calvin College and was actively involved in politics. She was the Michigan Republican Party chair for over six years and has led political action committees, party organizations and campaigns for over 30 years. She is just as good in business as she is in politics. In 1989, Betsy and her husband are the founders of the Windquest Group, a company that invests in clean energy, technology and manufacturing. She is a strong advocate of the education-choice movement and chairs the Alliance for School Choice and American Federation for Children.
DeVos is one of the most generous people I have come across. She is involved in a couple of non-profit organizations and is a board member of various national and local boards, such as the DeVos Institute for Arts management, Kids Hope USA, the Foundation of Excellence in Education and Mary Hill Bible Church. She feels that traditional public schools are failing and is happy that people are now more open to reforms such as vouchers, education savings accounts and tax credit scholarships. Her role as a mother played a major part in transforming her into the woman she is today.
When Betsy’s children were of school-age, she, together with her husband, visited the Potter’s House Christian School, where she interacted with parents who were doing their very best to provide their children with the best education and in a safe environment. Seeing these families struggle to pay tuition, they started supporting some students individually. The couple still supports the Potter’s House to date.
Betsy later started a foundation that gave scholarships to low-income families, so as to give parents a chance to choose the schools they would want to take their children. In as much as this was beneficial to the few that got the opportunity, it was not going to address the real issue. On realizing this, Betsy decided to join the educational-choice movement.
Betsy and her husband used their political involvement to aid in the expanding the educational choice. In 1993, both Mr. and Mrs. DeVos were involved in passing the first charter school. Betsy is passionate about providing people with a conducive environment for opportunity and growth. She was appointed as the Secretary of Education in President Donald Trump’s administration and is now pushing for the voucher system and the privatization of public schools. She doesn’t believe in the one-size-fits-all mindset. Every child is unique and every family is different and they deserve the opportunity to choose where they would like to school. She has called on the public, on numerous occasions, to join her in the fight for school choice.
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