Betsy DeVos, the current States Secretary of Education, is creating waves with her bold moves to bring education reforms in the sector to clean up the system. I am pretty convinced with her revolutionary plans that can revive the quality of the sector, which was hailed for long. While some people see her with apprehensions, people in Michigan understands her commitment and efforts to the education efforts, as she was the most-known face in reviving the education sector for the last three decades. Betsy is a true champion of solution-based activism, and her initiatives have proved to be immensely effective, over the years. It can be said that the most appropriate person is currently sitting in the chair of the Secretary of Education of the country.
Betsy started her education efforts in the early 80’s when she was trying to admit her children in Grand Rapids. She identified that many low-income families were facing troubles to get the quality education for their children due to affordability. Betsy immediately thought to address this issue and set up some scholarships to help students from low-income families in Grand Rapids. Later, she identified that the problem was widespread, and it could not just be addressed with scholarships. Betsy designed a number of education initiatives to improve the overall quality of education that can ensure a better America in future. I admire her efforts as she was putting her heart and soul though she was from an affluent family.
Betsy proclaimed education initiatives, including School of Choice, School Vouchers, School Grading, and Charter School System, to improve the overall quality and performance of the schools. All these programs are putting the responsibility of the performance of the school on the management by giving increased authority and autonomy. Interestingly, the charter school system has reached every nook and corner of the country considering its consistent results. I can also tell that she is a very active contributor to various philanthropic efforts covering education, culture, community, justice, and more. Betsy and husband, Dick DeVos, set up DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 and contributed nearly $140 million to various initiatives as of today.
Betsy also collaborated with a number of community initiatives, philanthropic organizations, education activist groups, cultural institutions, and more. She served on the boards of American Federation for Children, Philanthropy Roundtable, ArtPrize, Alliance for School Choice, Great Lakes Education Project, The Potter’s House School, DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and more. Betsy was also the Chairwomen of The Windquest Group from 1993 and continued in the post until 2016. It is a private investment management and advisory firm based in Michigan. Betsy completed her schooling from Christian High School located in Holland and received her graduation from Calvin College, Michigan.
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