How many people can honestly say that they have given their entire life toward something that they believed in? For Betsy DeVos, the newest Secretary of Education of the United States of America, that is the case. Betsy DeVos came from a sleepy town in Michigan, born into a wealthy family, and she has worked tirelessly in order to become THE face of conservative education reform. After more than 30 years of hard work, Betsy DeVos was brought into Washington D.C. in order to make her dreams a reality. While Betsy DeVos surely has plenty to do in the future, today we will be looking at her past.
Betsy DeVos is a graduate of Calvin College and a proud reformer. Born into a wealthy family and sister to one of the most accomplished overseas security contractors in the world, DeVos certainly had a lot to live up to. Her husband, Dick DeVos, is the former CEO of Amway and a former gubernatorial candidate in Michigan. Both Betsy and Dick DeVos would work together in order to become one of Michigan’s most popular, powerful, and political powerhouse couples. For nearly three decades, the DeVos family has worked in order to make education reform possible for children throughout the world.
Betsy DeVos believes in more than just throwing money at a problem, she believes in a grassroots effort to make change a reality. We can look back to the mid-90s when DeVos served on the Children First America and American Education Reform Council committees. She worked tirelessly in order to pass charter school bills only to be told time and again that the state couldn’t pull it off. When her work on councils seemed to be a dead end, she would go out and connect directly with families and schools in order to spread the word.
Outside of her work on various committees, DeVos has also established her own charitable outreach programs. She is the founder of the DeVos Family Foundation, and she has worked on several other philanthropic outreach programs including the All Children Matter organization. Betsy DeVos has done just about everything that she could in order to give school choice a chance at life beyond the borders of the 17 states that have currently adopted its policies.
Right now, Florida is probably one of Betsy DeVos’ crowning achievements in the realm of school choice. Florida has adopted several state-level tax incentives that have helped to fuel the growth of charter schools within its borders. DeVos has flown out to Florida several times since becoming Secretary of Education in order to speak directly with children while touting the benefits to potential supporters of the movement. Now, Betsy DeVos will try to bring that same energy back to Washington D.C.
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