Betsy DeVos is a billionaire who is also a philanthropist. Her primary activism has been in the field of education. I understand that this comes from the premise that Betsy DeVos has sent her kids to private schools. She has understood and appreciated how studying at private schools has impacted her kids.
Now Betsy DeVos would like to extend the same facility to other kids too. She is calling it as “educational choice.” I believe that this is her way of diverting public funds to private as well as religious schools. She is trying to privatize school education this way. One way of doing this is by installing the school voucher programs that can divert public funding.
I understand that this activism of Betsy DeVos has prompted Donald Trump to appoint her as education secretary. She is going to head the Department of Education in his Office. She will be responsible for setting up the education policy. I am well aware that Betsy DeVos believes in providing equal opportunity for education to all and this will be well reflected in the education policy set out by her.
Betsy DeVos has been a social activist and done philanthropy since long. It started in Michigan when she started helping students. This was at Potter’s House Christian School. She helped individual students for whom paying the tuition fee was a big difficulty. Slowly this number of students grew. Betsy DeVos was well aware that she could afford to send her kids to any school they wanted to. But everyone is not so lucky. Hence she decided to do her bit for them.
She is a proven leader as well as an innovator besides being an advocate. Her work in education, business and even in politics has been to remove barriers. She looks forward to enacting change and creating environments where people are able to thrive.
Betsy DeVos had earlier been the Chairman of The Windquest Group in Michigan. This is an investment and management firm having a highly diversified consumer product and service portfolio.
Betsy has been active in politics for over 35 years now. She has been elected as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party exactly four times. Today all her political efforts are primarily focused towards making advancements in educational choices.
Betsy has been the former chair of the American Federation for Children. She was also chair of The Philanthropy Roundtable board of directors. She has been on the boards of ArtPrize, and the American Enterprise Institute, besides the Foundation for Excellence in Education, as well as the DeVos Institute for Arts Management.
Betsy DeVos is married to entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick DeVos. They are the proud parents of four children as well as five grandchildren.
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