Education / Philanthropy

The Work Betsy DeVos of Helping Under-Served Students

There is no doubt that Betsy DeVos is one most prominent philanthropist in Michigan. She is a reformer and an activist who spent several years fighting for equality in the U.S. education system. Besides being an activist, Mrs. DeVos is politician and business leader. She has actively been supporting the adoption of school choice programs in various states where the ratio of inequality was extremely high. Through her efforts, many parents have managed to choose schools where to send their children so that they can receive quality education. The school choice initiative that was fronted by Mrs. DeVos enjoyed excellent backing from majority of parents, especially the Latinos.During the 90s, Mrs. DeVos was among the leaders of several organizations that sought government intervention in order to facilitate the expansion of educational choice initiative. Betsy DeVos played important role of mobilizing elected leaders in Michigan to pass legislation that led to creation of charter schools in the state. Michigan was one of the states that had discriminatory laws in terms of education system. Together with her husband, Dick DeVos, they were able to engage various stakeholders and partners in order to advance this worthy cause. Dick was elected to serve at Michigan’s State Board of Education, and using his position, the couple was able to further their desire of ensuring students from low income earners were given equal opportunity to receive education. In early 2000s, Betsy established a PAC; the Great Lakes Education Project that was based in Michigan.

Betsy DeVos Career History

Currently, Mrs. DeVos is serving as the Federal government’s Education Secretary. As a result of her previous commitment, passion and dedication of helping less-privileged students access high quality education just like those from wealthy families. American kids have a right receive the education they deserve in order to realize their dreams, according to Betsy DeVos. She was inspired by her mother to develop interest in education from an early age as she was a school teacher. For more than ten years, Mrs. DeVos was mentoring students, parents and teachers in Grand Rapids. This was the time she faced the reality about the challenges experienced, especially in public schools.

She believes that the ZIP code in which students live should not be used to determine the quality of education they receive. In her new role as the person in charge of the education sector in the U.S., Betsy is expected to continue with her work of ensuring there is equity in the education of all American children. Prior to assuming this role, she was The Windquest Group’s chairman. She also served on boards of Mars Hill Bible Church, ArtPrize, Kids Hope USA and others. She graduated from Grand Rapid’s Calvin College.