Betsy DeVos, also known as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education. Before being elected, she and her husband, Dick DeVos, have been fighting for nearly three decades to help parents and children from low-income families to have access to better education for themselves. However, it all started with a big interest in education when she was just a child and her mother was a public school teacher. As she became a mother herself, the enthusiasm of education kept growing when she had to take her kids to school and realized the parents were doing everything to their power to give their children a safe environment, a place where they would learn, and still, most of the children did not had the opportunities of education they deserved. To start the history she has made throughout the years, she first got started by making a foundation that gave students a financial aid to low-income families, giving the chance to parents to decide where their children will study in the future. Then, she served for two national charities, Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, which both have the purpose or mission to distribute scholarships and vouchers to students who desire to choose the schools of their choice whether private, public or parochial. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.
Her interest and dedication have led her to big opportunities and big changes for education in the United States. One of the many successful projects, this one named as The Great Lakes Education Project, an organization supporting public education of all Michigan students which its purpose is to gives the choice, quality and accountability to the student, it was very successful at the time and present. For fifth-teen years she worked as an in-school mentor for at-risk children in the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public Schools. As a successful leader she has empowered parents, working to support of new educational choices for students in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Furthermore, to her leadership in the education world, she has served as chairman in The Windquest Group, an enterprise and investment management firm. Also, she has served in national and local charitable and civic organizations such as; Kids Hope USA, ArtPrize, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. However, her biggest success have been in Florida, through its tax-credit scholarship program. It has an ever-growing number, over 50,000 of students attending the school of their family’s choice. Louisiana and Indiana passed programs that, between the two of them, have the potential to serve nearly one million students every year. Read more articles at MLive about Betsy.
Now being elected by the President Donald J. Trump she will work to advance equal opportunities education to all students. Betsy DeVos believes neither the ZIP code nor household should be the principal determinant to decide the educational outcome of students.