Betsy DeVos has always been a reformer. She became politically active during her years a Calvin College and has remained a stalwart in Michigan politics to this day.
In 2016, DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education for the Trump Administration. While a number of people scoffed at the idea due of her leading the largest educational body in the nation, DeVos promised to tackle her not position with an open mind.
DeVos was born in Holland, MI in 1958. Her father, industrialist Edgar Prince, was also a major player in conservative Republican politics. Not only she was born into massive wealth, she married into a family even wealthier. Her husband Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos.
For over 30 years, both families have wielded a great deal of political power. They know how to play the game well. They have the money and clout to steer legislation the way they want.
Before securing the Education Secretary job, DeVos sat on a number of committees and also served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party for 10 years. She and her husband’s foundation, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Charitable Foundation has given millions of dollars toward education, healthcare, the arts, and many other initiatives.
Her biggest role in Michigan is being an advocate of school choice. She and her husband have worked for many years to secure charter schools within the state. Her opponents scoff at the idea, stating that DeVos has done everything in her power to ruin the public school system.
DeVos says she is only trying to ensure that all students receive a good education. She noted that many of the inner city schools are not providing an adequate education for students. She believes that parents should have a choice to their student to the best schools.
While the Michigan tax increase to fund charter schools failed, DeVos managed to spread the word to surrounding states. Through her support, over 250,000 students in 17 states now attend charter schools.
DeVos says she will continue to do her work to help children.
“All I want to do is make sure all children, regardless of zip code, have the right to fulfill the potential God has given them.”
DeVos, undoubtedly, has a hard job. Her confirmation was confirmed by only one vote. She says she looks forward to working with teachers and administrators from both public and private schools.
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