One of the reasons that Betsy Devos was chosen by President Trump to be the Secretary of Education was the fact that she has a long track record of involvement in educational issues. This involvement includes work on both a policy and a philanthropic level.
Betsy Devos and her husband Dick are both from wealthy families, and they have shown through their charitable work that they are committed to helping those who have not had the opportunities that they have been presented with. Much of the charitable focus of the Devos’ has been in the area of education.
Mrs. Devos began her involvement in the educational world when she was choosing a school for her children. She visited a school called Potter’s House Christian School where she realized that many of the parent’s were struggling to pay the tuition for their children to attend. She began helping individual students with their tuition bills. She has continued to contribute to this school over the years.
The Devos Family Foundation provides significant amounts of money each year to a variety of charitable causes in their state and across the United States. Over one-fourth of the money that Betsy Devos and her family donate goes to educational causes.
Betsy Devos wasn’t content to just give money to help others pay for their tuition to private schools. She knew that to really make a difference, she would need to work for systemic change within the educational system.
School choice is Mrs. Devos political passion. She worked for many years within the state of Michigan to see that state adopt school vouchers to be used at both public and private schools. While her efforts weren’t as successful in Michigan as she hoped, her efforts to promote school choice have been instrumental in seeing the adoption of school vouchers in a number of states and in the District of Columbia.
In a recent interview, Mrs. Devos has stated that the most success in the school vouchers program have come from the states of Florida, Louisiana and Indiana. She attributes these successes to the grassroots efforts of passionate people who cared about education in these states.
Now, Betsy Devos is in a position to work for educational reforms throughout the nation. Even as she works as part of the federal government, she continues her charitable work contributing millions of dollars each year to educational causes and to individual colleges and schools.
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