Betsy DeVos was chosen as Secretary of Education amid much controversy. Critics claimed that DeVos had no experience in education; they claimed that she was nothing more than a rich philanthropist. Had those same critics actually looked over Mrs. DeVos’ body of work – in education – they would see that she has done more than enough to prepare herself for a role as a successful Secretary of Education. She truly has the welfare and success of children in mind.
Betsy and Dick DeVos Saw A Need
Betsy and Dick DeVos were active parents in their children’s school. Wanting nothing but the best for their children, they became interested in the Potter’s House Christian School, where they noticed many low-income parents scrimping and saving to send their children to a school with a safe, exciting learning environment. This spurred the couple to create a foundation that helped provide scholarships so that low-income families could send their children to the school of their choice. This also influenced Betsy’s ideas regarding school choice. Betsy would go on to serve as chairperson for other charities that support school choice.
Betsy’s Involvement in Politics
While critics said Betsy DeVos had no political experience, a little research proves that this could not be further from the truth. Two charities Mrs. DeVos worked with, Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, worked to promote vouchers and tax credits to enable parents to afford to send their children to the school of their choice. Mrs. DeVos was directly involved in the passage of Michigan’s first charter school bill in 1993, and they worked to change the state constitution to allow tax-credit scholarships or vouchers. While this was not successful, this didn’t stop Mrs. DeVos. She started the Great Lakes Education Project while also chairing the Michigan Republican Party. This new project sought to promote the incorporation of charter schools statewide. Upon the advice of friends, she decided that all the nation’s children could benefit from charter schools. Eventually, Mrs. DeVos would be the chairwoman of the American Federation for Children. Mrs. DeVos has seen success in Florida with major gains in Louisiana and Indiana.
Hope for Education – Hope for All
Because of the hard work Mr. and Mrs. DeVos have put into the nation’s children, over one million children now attend the school their family chose for them. Mr. and Mrs. DeVos actually opened their own charter school, and they have first-hand experience with the process. Betsy continues to serve as a board member of the Foundation for Excellence and mentors children through the Kids Hope USA program. Visit betsyDeVos.com to know more about Betsy.
Yes, Betsy DeVos was a perfect choice for Secretary of Education. She brings over twenty years of experience to education reform. We all agree that America’s educational system is broken; Betsy and Dick DeVos have pioneered educational reform in Michigan. They continue to work so that all American children have the best education possible.