Betsy DeVos recently sat down with Philanthropy and discussed her lifelong commitment to reforming education or children all over the world. She believes there has been a great deal of progress lately in regard to the the first time a state approved a private school voucher program. This took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin nearly 25 years ago. There are now over 30 private school programs that have been publicly funded. These programs are able to support 250,000 students and give them the opportunity to receive a strong education so that they can become successful later in life. The progress continues to increase as the movement becomes more popular among parents and the general public. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com
Betsy DeVos first realized the importance of improving the education system when she and husband had their own children that were attending school. It was their visit to the Potter’s House Christian School that spurred her into action because there she saw families that had lower incomes, yet they were doing everything they could to bring the best education possibilities to their child. Betsy DeVos continued to visit and each time she was inspired by what she saw there. She realized that she would be able to support these families that were struggling to afford a private school and they have continued their support of the Potter’s House to this day. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.
Betsy DeVos started her own foundation in order to give scholarships do the children that come from low income families so their parents would be able to send them to the school of their choice. While she was happy to help these families, she also soon realized this was not a real solution to the problem. There were still many other families and children that were being denied the possibility of a good education. This is how she became so involved in the movement for education reform. This led to her getting involved with the American Federation for Children, as which she is a Chair member. Betsy DeVos’s greatest success during her life is the changes she has brought to Florida’s tax credit scholarship program.
Betsy DeVos currently served as the secretary of education for the United States. She was nominated by the President Donald Trump and was signed in on February 7 of this year. She’s been working in the education reform for children movement for almost thirty years now and she continues to work toward improvement. Betsy DeVos graduated from the Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She got a Bachelor of the Arts degree during her time there. She previously worked with The Windiest Group as their chairman and has served on various national and local charity boards. She also served a school mentor for at risk children for 15 years.