As a former student of Calvin College, Betsy DeVos was actively involved in campus politics. Today, she is known for orchestrating several political action committees, campaigns, and party organizations. She has also worked as the leader of Michigan Republican Party for six years. As a reformer, Betsy usually focuses on education programs. Her husband once vied for the Michigan gubernatorial seat under a Republican Party ticket.
Just like in politics, Betsy and her husband focus on developing innovative solutions for common social problems. Betsy is the chair of Windquest Group, a company she founded by enlisting her husband’s help. The company invests in clean energy, manufacturing processes, and technological innovations.
Betsy as a Reformer
“Milton Friedman wrote the Role of Government Education”, piece as a review of the education system in the U.S. Since the article was written, there are over 250,000 students in publicly funded schools. According to Betsy DeVos, the number of students enrolled in educational-choice programs increases every year. New education reform programs were introduced to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, and Florida among many other states.
Betsy has been keen on the statewide voucher program that was established in 2011 in Indiana. She enlisted the support of scholars in finding out how educational choice programs were received in five states. She discovered that most people appreciated the value of school choice. Betsy believes that when awareness about the benefits of public schools is created, the schools would have high enrollment numbers.
Betsy and her husband, Dick, saw the potential in Potter’s House Christian School and decided to support it financially. The school is known for enabling students from needy and low-income families to access quality education. Betsy’s passion for supporting education reform initiatives began as she was pursuing her higher education. Later in 1990, her husband was appointed to serve on the State Board of Education in Michigan. Betsy was inspired to create an organization that caters to the educational needs of needy children. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation was born out of Betsy’s passion for education and charity.
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Betsy DeVos carries out reform programs through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a non-profit organization she founded with her husband. Betsy is the chairperson of the institution. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation is renowned for funding the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The organization has also provided financial support to learning institutions like Northwood University, where Dick DeVos pursued his undergraduate studies.
Betsy seats on the boards of several non-profit groups as a member. These include Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, and DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. She is the chairperson of the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children.
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