Even when Betsy DeVos was a student at Calvin College she was known to be politically engaged on campus. Over the last 30 years she has continued to advocate for political causes she believes in. She has served as the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and helped her husband, Dick DeVos, run for Governor of Michigan.
Betsy and Dick DeVos established the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation in 1989. They have given to many causes including those in education, the arts, and developing the leaders of tomorrow. Betsy has also donated her time including serving on the Board of Governors for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Kids Hope USA, The Foundation for Excellence in Education, and other nonprofits. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
Additionally, Betsy DeVos is known nationally for her passion for educational reform, specifically allowing families to have a choice in what school their children attend. She has advocated for this position since visiting Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This school mainly has children that come from an impoverished background. Despite that, their parents make the choice to still pay to have their children attend this school because of the deplorable state of public education in Grand Rapids.
Betsy DeVos advocates for people like the parents of children at Potter’s House. She thinks that by attaining educational reform, such as school vouchers and tax credits, students will receive a much better education at a cost parents can afford. She has pushed for this viewpoint in her home state of Michigan as well as in Florida, Lousiana, Indiana, and other states across the nation.
Rather than limiting children to schools in their zip code, Betsy DeVos thinks that the world of technology shows promise in giving students broader choices. In the modern era, there’s increasing opportunities to learn outside of a specific school building like it was in the past. There will be more digital learning as time goes on as well as blended learning where students learn part-time in a class setting and part-time out of the class. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.
Since February 2017, Betsy DeVos has been the United States Secretary of Education. She was nominated by President Trump and later confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She has stated that she will work with the President in order to help all students get a quality education regardless of what zip code they live in. She has also said that a child’s household income shouldn’t be one of the main factors that determines the type of education a student receives. She has also pledged to return control of schools back to local communities and the states rather than having the federal government heavily involved in every educational choice in the nation.