Betsey DeVos is the current United States Secretary of Education. She has been a long time fighter, and is involved in removing barriers, in education, business and politics. She grew up in Holland Michigan, earning a B.A. at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a very active Republican involved heavily in education and social reform.
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Mrs. DeVos is a woman that never stops, always campaigning for what she believes in, especially education, and that everyone is entitled to a good one. Many schools are not keeping up with their promises to fulfill good educations for children in lower income areas. Betsey Devos believes that you can and will do better for the children of all ages, economic, and social status. Mr. and Mrs. Devos, being able to pay a good education for their children got started with their philanthropic efforts, while visiting their children’s school. They started meeting parents of other kids at that school. They were finding that most parents were really struggling to pay, so that their kids could keep attending. The DeVos started picking out a few kids that they could help financially attend, and from there it grew. Mr. DeVos ran for State Board of Education and was elected in 1990. She started a foundation that gave scholarships to low-income families for the parents to be able to choose schools for their children. Then Betsey took further steps, serving on the boards of Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. These organizations work to provide vouchers for schools. Betsey believes not only in financially supporting these foundations, but getting out and actively campaigning for parent’s rights to get their kids a good education. There was one state that made it very difficult to achieve, only giving parents one weeks’ notice, to get vouchers for your child. It is almost impossible to find out about a program, getting the necessary paperwork, filled out, and turned in on time. This is when the DeVos kicked in high gear, they paid for radio, billboard ads, mailings, and web ads. They also held community meetings, and worked with churches to get the word out. It was a huge success for the parents.
Now that Mrs. DeVos is the United States Secretary of Education, we can expect to see more improvements. For more information on Betsy DeVos, look online at: www2.ed.gov or http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/ and type her name. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.