Betsy DeVos: A Committed Advocate for Educational Reforms in the US

Betsy DeVos has remained politically active ever since undertaking becoming involved in campus politics at the Calvin College. In fact, she has led an array of party organizations, political action committees and campaigns for more than 30 years. Aside from politics, Betsy has also been involved in business affairs by serving as the chairperson of Windquest Group. Well-known as a reformist, Betsy DeVos has pursued reforms through many nonprofit functions.

Her interview with PhilanthropyRoundtable gave an insight to her education reform and philanthropy endeavors. Her fight for school choice has borne remarkable fruit to date with an estimate of 250,000 students currently in 33 publicly funded, private choice programs. The programs are available in about 17 states and the District of Columbia. Betsy DeVos expects a rise in the number of Democrats who will embrace educational-choice programs, particularly at a gubernatorial level. She cited this owing to the situation that was taking place at the state-legislator level for example in Florida.

The need to support low-income families to have the ability to choose whatever school was best for their kids began as a gradual process for Betsy and her husband, Dick DeVos. As an altruistic couple, they resulted in giving support to individual students at the Potter’s Hose Christian School. Since then, the couple continues to render considerable support to the school. Betsy considers the State of Florida as one of her significant successes. Florida has utilized its tax-credit scholarship program to boost educational choice. Hence, it boasts of more than 50000 students studying at their family’s school of choice.

Learn more: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/31/512507538/under-devos-heres-how-school-choice-might-work

A Closer Focus on Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos or otherwise known as Elisabeth DeVos is an acclaimed disruptor, advocate and innovator. She is a pioneer in eradicating barriers in politics, business and education in a bid to create change and environments where all individuals have a thriving opportunity. While serving as the chairperson of the American Federation for Children, she led the national fight for reforming America’s broken malfunctioned education system. As a result, more than one million children are currently studying in a school selected by their parents. Additionally, Betsy is a member of various educational boards such as the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

For over 35 years, Betsy has actively participated in politics. Her first involvement in political matters started when she worked as a volunteer in 1976 for President Gerald R. Ford. Most of her political service revolves around her many Republican leadership functions with political action committees, party organizations and campaigns. Betsy was elected four times as the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2005. She also played a vital role on the Republican National Committee from 1992 to 1998.

Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.