Betsy DeVos, a Cheerful Giver and a Reformer

In an interview with Philanthropy, Betsy DeVos was asked to paint a picture of success as she would see it when she retired. In response to this, Betsy said that in retirement, she would feel fulfilled if parents were able to pick the best educational environment and setting for their children. Betsy was clear that this she hoped would be the plight of all parents without regard to the area they were from in America.


Charter Schools


Asked about Charter schools, Betsy said that these provided a choice for parents. She says that Charter schools are part of the solution that parents can look to along with virtual schools, and homeschooling. Betsy also spoke of magnet schools, vouchers and tax credits as being among the choices parents can pick from today.


Lobbying Vis a Vis Charity


Asked how she allocates her time between lobbying and charity, Betsy says she does not really differentiate the two and allocate time. Both she says are geared towards improving the work that together with her family and husband she has labored tirelessly for. She is however quick to point out that she is scrupulous about the allocations of resources and personnel in the ‘public-policy advocacy’. She said that as a volunteer, she spends a good many hours challenging and encouraging donors to involve themselves in advocacy as this is how real change is born.


Betsy DeVos


Betsy has spent over 15 years as a school mentor to vulnerable public school students in the Grand Rapids area. She cites that her interactions with children as a mentor had changed her perspective on education forever. This change has been the wind beneath her wing even as she supports creation of better educational choices in America. Before being confirmed as Education Secretary, Betsy served as Windquest Group’s chairman. She equally served on numerous charitable organizations’ boards such as ArtPrize, ‘Mars Hill Bible Church’, Kids Hope, ‘Kendall College of Art and Design’ and the ‘Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’.


Today, Betsy DeVos is the 11th ‘secretary of education’ in the US. Upon being nominated by President Trump, she was subsequently confirmed by the senate on February 2017. Her confirmation was welcome news to her seeing as she has been a champion for children and a voice for guardians and parents. Betsy’s passion for education was sparked when she was still in school by her mum, a school teacher. Seeing how the public education in her area was limited as far as delivery goes, she begun to raise her voice for more educational opportunities and choices. Devos went to Calvin College where she graduated with a ‘Bachelor’s of Arts Degree’. She married her husband Dick DeVos, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and community activist. Together the couple has four children and many grand children.


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