Elizabeth DeVos, commonly known by the name Betsy is a renowned leader, innovator and a reformer championing for equal access to education among American kids. She is also a businesswoman, politician, and most recently, she was named the secretary of education by Donald Trump, the President of U.S. For many years, Betsy has been leading organizations and other individuals advocating for education reforms in the United States. After her nomination to serve as the secretary of education, and later being confirmed by the Senate, Betsy DeVos was interviewed by PhilanthropyRoundtable about her achievements and her new role as secretary for education in the new leadership of the United States.
Through various charitable causes supported by Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos, they have managed to implement a sponsorship program for more than 250,000 students. The program has been rolled out in 17 states, spread across the U.S. Many people have embraced educational choice, since they believe traditional public institutions are not offering the quality of education desired. For instance in Indiana, the statewide voucher program was passed two years ago, and today the state has enrolled close to 10,000 children. After a poll was conducted in five states, the result revealed that educational choice program was very popular, more so among Latinos.
In the 1990s, Betsy served on the boards of several organizations that were advocating for expansion of educational choice through government’s tax credits and voucher. Together with her husband, they were involved in passing the bill which led to establishment of first charter school in Michigan. In this state, there were several families desperately searching for better education programs. Through Betsy’s political activities, she was able to create an organization that focused on promoting reforms in the education sector to allow expansion of charter schools in Michigan. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
Betsy DeVos’ Background
Currently, DeVos serves as the U.S. secretary of education. She was confirmed by the Senate on February 7, 2017, after being nominated by the U.S. President. For about 30 years, DeVos has been a key player in education policy, raising voice for parents and advocating for their kids. She is committed to championing for education reforms that are favorable to underserved kids who seek to access quality education.
Being the daughter of a mother who was a public school educator, Betsy was inspired from an early age the importance of education. Furthermore, she witness leaders in her rural town implementing projects in order to provide kids with more education options. DeVos was a school counselor, helping at risk kids in Grand Rapids Public Schools. After interacting with parents, tutors and students, DeVos’ perspective towards education changed completely, and since then she has been looking for ways to improve and make it accessible to all American kids. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.