Betsy DeVos, the school choice advocate for over 25 years and the nominee for Education Secretary, is committed to creating educational opportunities. She is born into a wealthy family of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her current position, she is expected to make significant contributions in the revolutionizing the education sector.
DeVos has served in various leadership positions, through which led to building her skills. Betsy worked as the Great Lakes Education Project member of the board and was the chair of the American Federation for Children, pro-school-choice group. The education advocate prioritizes in increasing the choices and options of all children despite their social standards. She calls upon the community to focus on putting the kids first in every single day.
The philanthropist was a student at the Holland Christian High School, Michigan. She graduated in 1979 in business economics bachelor degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She refers to Abraham Kuyper, the neo-Calvinist as her influencer. Betsy has served as a member of North American Christian Reformed Church.
Support for Political Democrats
For decades, Devos has supported several Democrats during their political campaigns. In 2004, she donated over $150,000 towards the re-election campaign of Bush. She worked closely with the Bush administration on several projects. The renowned leader was the head of Finance in the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Since 1989, Devos has contributed over $17 million towards the support of various political candidates.
The DeVos donated $11.6 million towards charitable work in 2015. Through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that was launched in 1989, the contribution records at $139million. The organization focuses more on education and has so far donated over $100 million to support various institutions. Her focus in learning saw the contribution of $5.2 million to charter schools, $458,000 towards the support of Holland Christian Schools.
Other education facilities that benefited from the foundation are the Christian schools which received $8.6 million and $2.39 million donated to the Grand Rapids Christian High School Association. Ada Christian School earned $652,000 while $59.570 was channeled towards the public schools. The renowned leader contributed millions of dollars towards Kennedy Center for the development of the human capital. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation supported the ArtPrize with $3.5 million in 2016.
Support for education
Devos is committed to developing private schools and help more students through financial support programs termed as vouchers. She advocates for the encouragement of school charters in the United States. She believes that provision of education market will increase choices for the parents. Her advocacy for school vouchers will make it easy for students to attend private schools through public funding. She is a co-founder of All Children Matter PAC, a movement that endorses school vouchers, and private school scholarships through business tax credits.
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