Betsy DeVos, a Political Fighter for Education in US

Did you see the recent speech by Betsy DeVos on education reform? Her first speech of 2018 delivered a message to the education community. DeVos is fighting hard for schools in the US, and she is doing much of the work on her own.

 

DeVos, a long-time education reformer and advocate in Michigan, has been positioning charter schools as a way to bring the country’s education goals to the forefront. She has expanded “school choice” to new states, especially in Michigan, where she is from. However, she was asked a difficult question in a 60 Minutes interview that looked at the track record of the new programs.

 

Are they living up to the promises that the education reformer made in the days of her campaign?

 

The new education reforms involve a lot of philanthropy and conservative policy makers. While the two have tried to reform public education, many say that the new policies just do not serve students any better than the old system. However, donors and politicians in Washington still believe in school choice and want top-down reform for the entire country’s educational system.

 

DeVos has always been a reformer, dating back to her days at Calvin College where she was Elisabeth Prince. She was heavily involved in the college’s political system and remained active in education after. For over 30 years, Betsy has led campaign after campaign in Michigan to change the education system and allow for more charter schools.

 

DeVos has pursued a variety of reform goals through philanthropy. She has even co-founded an aviation charter school in her hometown of Grand Rapids. She has served on several national and local boards, including Kids Hope USA, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mars Hill Bible Church, and many others.

 

She said in a recent interview that she has never been more optimistic than she is now about changing education in America. She has created opportunities in states to have private-choice programs for parents who want to send their students to better schools. People are taking note of these changes and starting to talk about the way that public education systems have not done enough for kids in the US.

 

DeVos also stated that her passion comes from visiting schools that she helped and sees the positive impact on low-income families. She became more involved in the education choice movement after seeing how charter schools helped in her own backyard. During the 1990s, she was on several boards at one time including Children First America. Along with her husband, the two tried to get several charter school bills in Michigan, but they were not able to succeed.

 

She believes that private choice is the best option for kids in the US at this time. One of her greatest successes is education reform in Florida. With tax-credit scholarship programs, Florida has the biggest number of educational choice options over any other state.

 

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The Attributions of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos was appointed byPresident Donald Trump to serve as the secretary of education. She is a billionaire philanthropist, school choice activist, and Republican Party donor. She has taken part in advocating for public funding for private religious schools. DeVos also has a role in orchestra changes in the Detroit education system. DeVos and her husband Dick, are currently chairing the Windquest Group. Windquest is a company which has invested in technology, manufacturing and cleaning energy. Philanthropy has been an extensive aspect of DeVos’ family and goes way back. The DeVos are ranked high with the Koch’s’ as among the most influential conservative funders over time. Betsy DeVos has her philanthropic activities in position.

 

DeVos co-chairs with her husband in running the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their foundation has recorded supports for school choice in Michigan. The organization has also been supporting the West Michigan Aviation Academy and two private Christian schools which are being operated by the Potter’s House. They have also been funding the Education Freedom Fund, which is channeled with the attribution of providing scholarships for needy children who desire to attend private schools. Betsy DeVos is recognized for her educational views and how she could inform policies as the nation’s top school official. She chairs the American Federation for Children (AFC) that is affiliated with the Alliance for School Choice.

 

Betsy DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan with both of her parents. She attained her high school education at Holland Christian High School near her hometown. Later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics from Calvin College in Grand rapid, Michigan, 1979. She was actively involved in campus politics while in college. She was brought up in a Christian family and attended services at Christian Reformed Church in North America. She served for many years on IRS Form 990s as the vice president of the foundation. The DeVos foundation she established with her husband made around $12 million in charitable contributions. Her family was ranked in position #24 on the Forbes list in the year 2015 as America’s top givers. The Foundation has donated huge amounts to health research, hospitals, Christian schools, arts organizations, conservative free-market think tanks and evangelical missions.

 

Betsy DeVos has put a lot of effort over the years in exemplifying how top school donors have been combining philanthropic, political activities when giving agendas to the press. DeVos serves as one of the board members of FEE, which is an education think tank founded by Jeb Bush. She has also served as the chairperson, treasurer and board member of the Acton Institute. Together with her husband, they established a teaching center to teach arts managers and board of directors.

 

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