Betsy DeVos got her passion for being a reformer at an early age. She got involved with politics on campus and from that point on she continued with politics. She has run various campaigns and was chairman for 6 years of the Michigan Republican Party. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, started the firm, Windquest Group in 1989. She is a reformer and is actively involved in education reform.
There are over 250,000 students that go to publicly funded, private programs of their parents choosing. This movement is continuing to grow as it has reached 17 states and the District of Columbia. What sparked Betsy DeVos attention to school reform was when she had small children. At the Potter’s House Christian School, she and her husband watched how parents struggled to keep their children at the school so that they had a safe place to learn and had an environment that kept them involved. It wasn’t long after that when she and her husband began to help low income families. Both she and her husband felt that if they could decide where their children went to school that everyone else despite their financial status could do the same.
Betsy and Dick DeVos’ commitment to school reform came when Dick ran for the position of State Board of Education. Betsy Devos decided then to start a foundation which helps lower income families with scholarships. She actively served on several boards, Children First America and the American Education Reform because the programs wanted to expand the decision of educational choice. She and Dick were involved with the first charter school bill that came to be in 1993. They were unsuccessful in the year 2000 in changing the state’s decision to allow vouchers and scholarships.
Their biggest success was in the state of Florida. This state has the longest time frame in educational choice. Over 50,000 students are attending a school that their family chose. There have also been vast improvements in the state of Indiana and Louisiana. With the program that the states passed, it has the grounds to serve one million students. Betsy stated that with the right people in office this program can be successful from the start of passing the bill until the end where student’s families help them chose a school of their choice. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.
Betsy DeVos was handpicked by the President, Donald J. Trump to serve on the 11th U.S. secretary of education. For nearly three decades she has been advocating for children that come from low income families. Her interest stems back to her mother, who was a public school educator. And once her children started going to school, she got more actively involved in reforming education. The premise of her position as Secretary of Education is working with the President to expand opportunities and the best education for all students.