Betsy DeVos, an Advocate for Educational Reforms

Betsy DeVos has been for years in the forefront of the educational reform. Shortly after undertaking her vacation at Calvin College, young Betsy DeVos entered campus politics. She has since remained active in politics. Betsy DeVos has spent the past 30 years leading political action committees, political parties, and campaigns. In fact, she served as the Michigan Republic party for six years. As a reformer, reforming tendency runs in Betsy DeVos’ family. Her husband, Dick DeVos was appointed in 2006 to run for the Governor of Michigan on the Republican ticket.

 

In entrepreneurship as in politics, Besty DeVos strives to find innovative solutions to social problems. She currently serves as Windquest Group’s chairman. Founded in 1989, Windquest Group is a privately-held company that has interest in clean energy, manufacturing, and technology. She previously worked at the Orlando Magic NBA franchise as the President as well as Amway as the Chief Executive Officer. She pursues educational reforms through philanthropic initiatives. Her charitable interest range widely. Mrs. DeVos is the chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She also serves on the boards of several local organizations such as the Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, DeVos Institute of Arts Management, the Foundation for Excellence Education, and Mars Hills Bible Church. Betsy DeVos is known as an influential advocate for educational reforms. In fact, she chairs the board of the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children.

 

In an interview with Philanthropy, Mrs. DeVos said that their program is currently sponsoring about 250,000 students in 17 states and the State of Columbia. Her movement’s growth is accelerating. Students enrolled in the educational-choice program have increased significantly. In 2012, new educational reform programs were introduced in Mississippi, Ohio, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. After conducting polling in five states, Betsy DeVos found that educational-choice program was becoming popular especially among Latinos. Betsy DeVos has been part of the educational-choice reform program since when it was considered radical. However, she says that nothing drew her in it. She was inspired to advocate for educational reforms after visiting the Potter’s House Christian School, which would support children from low-income families.

 

With time, Besty DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, started to support individual students and that grew to a more extensive commitment. Today, the couple provides support to the Potter’s House Christian School at a significant level. Later on, Betsy DeVos founded a foundation that could give scholarships to children from low-income families.

 

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