In the 1990s, Betsy DeVos served in two Education-Choice Movements, which includes the Children First America and the America Education Reform Council. She championed for the expansion of educational choice through vouchers and tax credits. As the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy started an action program called the Great Lakes Education Project. It was devoted to promoting education through the expansion of charter schools in the state of Michigan.
DeVos Biggest Success
Betsy DeVos introduced the Florida tax-credit scholarship program, which increased educational choice among learners. It is now serving over 50,000 students who are attending schools of their own choice in the state of Florida. The initiative has become a movement with great national support. It is happening in Louisiana and spreading to other states across the United States. Betsy DeVos attributes this to their bipartisan approach and the steady improvement the policy had in Florida. With a broad grassroots support, the project grew from its early infancy in 2003 to where it is now.
More Educational Reforms
Betsy advocates for a more increased educational choice. She insists that people should enjoy freedom as much as possible and encourage the adoption of trends that favor the modern technology. DeVos has dedicated vast resources, through donations to ensure the passage of the right framework of legislation that will automatically guarantee a healthy educational experience for future generations.
Betsy DeVos was born in 1958 in Holland, Michigan. She is the daughter of Elsa and Edgar Prince, a billionaire industrialist with Dutch ancestry. Betsy attended Holland Christian High School, a private institution in Michigan. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics in 1979 from the Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Her Business Career
Betsy DeVos is the Chairperson of the Windquest Group, manufacturing, marketing and Storage Company that she founded in 1989 with her husband. In film production, she and Dick DeVos produced the Broadway run of the stage known as Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple. The story was based on the real life of the famous evangelist Kathie Lee Gifford. Her nomination to the post of Secretary of Education in 2017 under the Trump Administration was approved by the Senate Committee on a 12-11 party-line-vote. Mike Pence voted to break a 50-50 tie, thus, confirming her as Trump’s Secretary of Education.
The Betsy and Dick DeVos Family Foundation
Dick and Betsy DeVos launched their Family Foundation in 1989. It is a foundation motivated by faith and is centered in nurturing leadership. It is also interested in other areas including education support, community, justice, arts, and transformation. The family was ranked in 2015 at number 24 on the list of top American givers.
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