Betsy DeVos has always been a reformer who works hard to make changes to the laws that she sees as outdated or not working. While she was studying at Calvin College, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Economics, she was heavily involved in the politics on campus. Since that time, for the last three decades, she has continued to be involved in politics and has openly supported the Republican party. In Michigan, she spent six years serving as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and she supported her husband, Dick DeVos, when he ran for Governor of Michigan. In 1989, she, along with her husband, founded the Windquest Group, which is a firm that invests in clean energy, manufacturing, and tech, and she continues to sit as its chairman.
A lot of the work Betsy DeVos has undertaken has been in the realm of philanthropy where she looks to continue supporting reform through various nonprofit channels. As the chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, she has helped many different nonprofit organizations including Mars Hill Bible Church, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Kids Hope USA. She also supports the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children (AFC) as chairman of both organizations.
When asked what she feels about the progress that has been made since the time when Wisconsin started up the first voucher program for private schools, she replied that her optimism remains. She also commented on the fact that there are now more than a quarter of a million students in funded, private-choice programs in the United States. She also pointed out that this number is growing at an accelerated pace and that in 2012, alone, there were 40,000 new students enjoying freedom of educational choice. Betsy also expressed her joy that more people are becoming aware of the possibility of being able to send their children to the school of their choosing and that this will hopefully become a new trend; especially due to the fact that public schools are failing kids all over the nation.
Betsy DeVos has commented that her interest in the school voucher program which allocates public funds to parents to send their kids to a school of their choosing happened over time and not all at once. She, herself, went to private schools as did her husband, and she now just wants to ensure that every family, and especially low income families, have the freedom to be able to send their kids to a school that is safe, provides a good learning environment, and that aligns with their values. She realized early on that while she had the resources to send her kids to any school she wanted, many families do not, and she is not happy about this. Now, as the Secretary of Education for the United States, Betsy DeVos has vowed to continue to look out for the rights and needs of every parent and child in the U.S.A.
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