Betsy DeVos is the 11th US Secretary of Education. She was appointed to the position by President Donald J Trump. DeVos has been working in the public education system for nearly 30 years. She advocates for children, and parents alike. Betsy is dedicated to reforms that are able to assist children who do not have access to quality education. DeVos was led to the field of education by her mother. Betsy’s mother was a public school teacher. Her interest continued to grow after she put her own children in school. This is when Betsy realized that there are tremendous differences in the level of education that each child receives and has access to. She got a close look at how leaders in her community are working to improve educational opportunities for students. The passion for education has taken her to communities across the nation.
Betsy DeVos worked as an in-school mentor for at-risk children for 15 years. She interacted with students in Grand Rapids, Michigan public schools. Betsy believed the experience changed her life. DeVos discovered that empowering parents is a key element to improving the education system for everyone involved. Her efforts have led to new educational choices in 25 different states, as well as the District of Columbia.Betsy DeVos will use her position as Secretary to advance educational opportunities for all students no matter what their zip code is. She believes that a person’s origin should not affect the quality of learning that they are able to receive. Betsy plans to focus on returning educational control and decision-making to the states. This will give parents more power to choose the type of educational environment their child will work best in.
Betsy served time as Chairman of the Windquest Group, which is an investment management firm. DeVos has also sat on the boards of many national charitable and civic organizations. These include the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and Kendall College of Art and Design.The private school voucher program was implemented in Wisconsin more than 25 years ago. Betsy is excited about the progress of the policy over this period. Currently 250,000 students are being publicly funded in 33 different private choice programs. The new policy has had a positive effect in 17 States, as well as the District of Columbia. Within a year there was an increase of 40,000 students who were participating in educational choice programs. States such as Mississippi, New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Louisiana expanded their programs. Indiana introduced a new statewide voucher program in 2011 and enrolled approximately 10,000 children by its second year.Betsy Devoe graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned a bachelor’s degree and later married Dick DeVos, who is an entrepreneur, community activist and philanthropist. The two of them have four children and six grandchildren.