Betsy DeVos was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to be the eleventh secretary of education, and was confirmed by Congress in February. However, this is not the first time Betsy DeVos is dealing with education issues. For over thirty years, Betsy has dedicated herself to finding solutions for the education system in the United States and helping children get a fine education.
Her mother taught in a public school, and when Betsy had to send her own children to school, she realized that there are not that many opportunities for some children. She even helped children personally; she mentored at a public school for kids who were at risk for fifteen years. She works hard to make sure that there are choices for children in the educational system in all states.
Betsy Devos is excited about the new choices made possible by vouchers for private schools, In fact, there are now around a quarter of a million children learning in such schools in various states. Her husband Dick also got involved in education. He was elected for the Board of Education in Michigan. She founded a fund that helped children have more access to various choices and schools. She served on the board of two charities that work hard to make sure that children have proper educational opportunities. These were American Education Reform Council and Children First America. In fact, she and Dick managed to help pass the first law in Michigan that would provide vouchers and aid to private schools. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
She has been involved in politics for a long time. She was the chairwoman of the Republican Party in the state of Michigan. She started the Great Lakes Education Project, but she quickly realized that this was something she had to do for kids all over the country, which is why she started the American Federation for Children. It has connections with Alliance for School Choice, and they both help children get access to schools where they would succeed and feel comfortable.
Florida was a state where the school choice initiative became very popular and successful. Indiana and other states are also good examples of her success. Besides for school choice, she also believes that it should not be that all children automatically get placed in schools in their own zip codes. Sometimes, these schools are not the best for the kids and other schools would do a better job for that particular child. Charter schools and even homeschooling are other parts of her school choice program. In fact, Dick started West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is a popular charter school. Betsy studied at Calvin College. There, she earned her bachelor of arts. She has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.