Betsy Devos was relatively unknown in the national limelight until she was appointed by President Trump to head the United States Department of education. During her appointment, President Trump described Betsy Devos as a brilliant and passionate pro-education advocate. He also stated that Devos would help to reform the U.S. education system that is inefficient. He continued to say that she would help to break the bureaucracy that was holding our children back from realizing their educational goals. Under the leadership of Betsy Devos, U.S. will be in a position to provide a world-class education to children from all backgrounds.
Although she wasn’t famous at the national scene, Devos was well-known in the world of education, especially in Michigan where she has donated and served as a board member in several schools. Devos was considered as a safe pick to head the education docket especially by conservatives who are pro-school choice programs such as vouchers. These programs enable parents from all backgrounds, including the low-income families to send their children to good private schools where they can get a quality education.
Upon appending signature on her appointment, Betsy Devos released a statement indicating that she doesn’t support the Common Core “Period”. Betsy currently heads the Foundation for Excellence in education that was founded by the former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush.
Betsy Devos also strongly supports school vouchers. Devos is a firm believer that every child in the U.S. has a right to access quality education regardless of their social or economic background. In this regard, Betsy and her husband Dick championed for a ballot proposal in the year 2000, which would have led to the amendment of the Michigan constitution thereby allowing the creation of voucher programs that allow parents to take their children to private schools.
After failing in the move, the Devos established a political action committee that would support voucher-friendly political candidates at the national level.
Besides supporting school vouchers, Betsy and her husband also support charter schools. The two have been involved in supporting charter schools for more than two decades. They succeeded in passing the first charter school in Michigan’s history.
Charter schools in Michigan are publicly funded, and they admit students from all backgrounds. These schools can operate with more autonomy and accountability when compared to the public schools. The number of charter schools in Michigan has increased over the years, and reports indicate that there number currently stand at 275 charter schools.
Betsy Devos Philanthropic work
Betsy and her husband Dick have a family foundation where they fund programs and organizations that support causes that they believe in. Some of these causes include education, leadership, justice, and arts. Her foundation has helped various groups that include Foundation for excellence in education, West Michigan Aviation Academy, ArtPrize, American Enterprise Institute, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and much more.
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