Betsy DeVos: Standing Up For Parents’ Choice for Education
Many new names have been making headlines since the latest presidential election, and subsequent administration take over. One of these names is Betsy DeVos. She is the woman the President Trump has appointed as Secretary of Education. But who is Betsy DeVos really?Mrs. Elizabeth DeVos, better known as Betsy, is one of the most influential advocates for parents choice of education in Michigan. She has, in fact, spent almost forty years advocating for education equality and parents having a say in which schools their children attend. This drive for a better education option for all children began when her own children were young and in school. During this period, she volunteered in the Grand Rapids Public School System as a mentor for underprivileged children.As her children grew older, Mrs. Betsy DeVos branched out in other ways to help shaped and better the education system in Michigan and on a national level. She joined the boards of several charitable organizations, schools, corporations, and other entities throughout the years. She joined The Potter’s House School as a member of their advisory board in 1994 and served until 2016.I Mrs. DeVos was nominated as the chairman of the board for the Great Lakes Education Project in 2001.
In 2004 she joined the Board of Directors for the Alliance for School Choice. She became chairman of the board for the Alliance for School Choice in 2009. The impressive list of the other boards she sat on included; The Foundation of Excellence in Education, ArtPrize, Philanthropy Roundtable, and The American Federation For Children.The DeVos family Foundation have also started,and privately maintained, several charitable organizations and corporations as well. Betsy had maintained an active role in these entities as well, until her presidential nomination. She was the chairman of The Windquest Group, which she and her husband founded, from 1993 until 2016. The company invests in the advancement of technology, manufacturing, and developing clean energy options. She also sat as a board member for the DeVos Institute for Arts Management from 2010 to 2016.
Betsy DeVos, in addition to all of these educational reform activities, has also been an active participant in politics since her college days. Her first professional role in the political scene began in 1986 when she won a local election as local precinct advocate. She held this positive for sixteen consecutive terms. Mrs. DeVos was also an active participant in the reelection of President George W. Bush. She personally helped raise over $150,000 for the President’s reelection campaign. She also served as a finance chairperson on the National Republican Senatorial Committee under President Bush.There is little doubt the Mrs. DeVos has been an influential advocate for educational reform for years. She believes that all children should have the same options available to them, regardless of where they live. She also believes parents should have the right to choose the educational options that best suit their children’s needs.