Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is not one to shy away from a conflict. As a longtime actor in the political sphere, she is familiar with having to fight her corner. As an advocate for charter schools, she took on the unionized public education sector in Michigan and won. Even her political opponents came to respect her commitment, practicality and generosity.


These days, as Secretary of Education for a controversial administration, DeVos is working harder than ever to achieve results without compromising on her core values. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, take education very seriously. Though they both come from wealthy families, they know that a good education is the pathway to success. In fact, Dick DeVos became an advocate for students and families when he realized how badly the public school system that he attended had deteriorated.


The DeVos family was also moved when they saw the sacrifices working-class parents were making to send their children to private, and often faith-based schools. They couldn’t understand why their thousands of tax dollars were being poured into unsafe, substandard public schools. Why couldn’t some of that money go to support safe and effective schools? They donated both time and money to schools like The Potter’s House, in a suburb near Grand Rapids. In this safe and well-run environment, they saw children, even poor children from immigrant families, flourish.


Betsy DeVos wants to take that success nationwide. She’s meeting opposition from every quarter, even some where she anticipated no conflict. For example, some LGBT organizations have worried that she will stigmatize the children of same-sex parents. DeVos had not expected this; she wants the best for every child, whatever their family is like. She has made efforts to meet with everyone from union leaders to teachers and students in order to better get her message across.


Today’s students are tomorrow’s teachers, engineers and medical professionals. With poor public education, America has become a laughingstock around the world. DeVos knows that there are countries with much better results that provide public funds to religious schools. These include the Netherlands and many Commonwealth countries. Since America’s children are at risk, she is willing to put in the groundwork and show citizens and worried public-school teachers hard evidence to back up her plans.


DeVos knows that she is her own best asset. When people meet her, they’re disarmed by how down-to-earth and generous she is. Though her opponents have portrayed her as a monster, she’s nothing more than a savvy businesswoman and caring mom. That said, DeVos will not be derailed. She’s used to fighting for what she knows is right, and has never been known to back down.


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The Commitment of Betsy DeVos’ Family to Charity

Betsy DeVos is among the American women who have made exceptional accomplishments in their careers. She is a successful businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist. Mrs. DeVos’ family has donated more than $139 million through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In 2015, the Forbes Magazine acknowledged the DeVos family by ranking it as the 24th most liberal American family. Betsy has been successful in her endeavors as an education activist. She is known for being a leading advocate of schools of choice and school vouchers. Mrs. DeVos believes that the U.S needs to have an education system that favors people from all backgrounds. She currently holds the office of the U.S secretary of education. Her career as a businessperson has also been a success, and she is a co-chairperson at the Windquest Group.


The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donates to support the education, leadership, justice, art and the community. It contributed approximately $11.6 million to charity in 2015. The money that the organization gives has facilitated art groups, churches, Christian schools, hospitals, and medical research. By 2014, the DeVos family had offered more than $100 million to charity, and 50 percent of their donation went to Christian-based foundations. Some of the non-profit institution that it has supported include the Action Institute, Center for Individual Rights, Institute for Justice, Baptists for Life, and Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center.


The education secretary and her husband have given millions of dollars to transform the education sector. By 2014, they had donated $8.6 million to support Christian-based schools and $5.2 million to charter schools. Public schools have benefited less from the family since they have been offered only $59,750. The learning institutions that have been funded by the couple include Ada Christian School, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Success Academy Charter School, Holland Christian, and Grand Rapids Christian High School Association. The commitment of Mrs. DeVos to supporting art institutions enabled her to be appointed by President Bush to serve the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ board. Her tenure on the board ended in 2010, and she offered $22.5 million to support the construction of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Her son is the founder of the ArtPrize, which has held several art contests since 2009.


The businesswoman is greatly acknowledged for her role in the political scene. She has been a senior member of Michigan Republican Party. Betsy was once a delegate and chairperson of the party. She has also helped it in raising funds to support the election campaigns of the various candidates. To date, her family has given more than $17 million the party. Some of the Republican politicians who have gained from their donations include George W. Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Jeb Bush.


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