Betsy DeVos has spent more than three decades attempting to bring a fair way of educating students across the U.S. to the nation and now does so from the important position of Secretary of Education in the Administration of President Donald Trump. Secretary DeVos has a long history of working within the public education system as a mentor and campaigner, but points back to her childhood as the daughter of a public school teacher mother as the starting point for her own call to education advocacy; as well as campaigning for the rights of students who are underserved by the U.S. education system, Betsy DeVos has worked within the Grand Rapids, Michigan public school system as an advocate for students.
The need to help the people of the U.S. in developing a new way of educating all students regardless of where they live has always been high on the list of priorities for Holland, Michigan born Betsy DeVos. Although her own mother was a public school system educator, Mrs. DeVos points to the period of her own children’s education as the moment she realized just how unfair the education system was initially in Michigan and later across the entire U.S. During interviews and her own writings Betsy DeVos has stated a single moment cannot be identified as inspiring her to make the decision to become involved in education reform; however, her visits to The Potter’s House Christian School in the Grand Rapids region have been highlighted as a driving force in focusing her attention on how something as simple as a zip code can have a major effect on the quality of education a student receives. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
Certain campaigns and good causes can become a hot topic for wealthy donors and celebrities to back, but education reform was not this in the 1980s when Betsy DeVos began working with her husband, Dick to bring school choice and voucher programs to the U.S. The success achieved by the co-founder of The Windquest Group Investment Company is shown in the fact school choice programs are now available in 25 U.S. states and the District of Columbia; when joining the education reform movement Betsy DeVos was seen as joining a reactionary group that has now grown to become a major force in U.S. education circles. Betsy DeVos believes every community benefits from a successful education system that works in comparison with a wide ranging culture enjoyed by the whole community. As a philanthropist, Betsy DeVos has backed the ArtPrize festival taking place annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan that is innovative in providing access to the arts for all community members; under the leadership of Betsy DeVos the ArtPrize festival innovated by allowing community members to vote on the artistic pieces they felt should be rewarded for their success.