During her days at Calvin College, Betsy DeVos was involved in campus politics, and since the she has remained politically active. After venturing into the business world, Betsy got married to a fellow activist and politician, Dick DeVos, and they have worked together to push for reforms and also to support the needy. Betsy DeVos has actively participated in Republican Party politics, political action committees and serving as chairperson of numerous charitable organizations. Together with her husband and other reform advocates, they have been seeking ways to resolve social problems in Michigan and other states. Her reform agenda has given priority to education because she believes the current system is not serving U.S. kids properly. A few years ago, Mrs. DeVos was interviewed on Philanthropy Roundtable on her role of pushing for the creation of charter schools as well as the best educational choice in order to accommodate large number of underserved children.
Today, Betsy DeVos’ movement has led to formation of charter schools in 25 states all over America. The school choice initiative has also expanded tremendously in the last few years, making her efforts a success. The educational choice movement enjoys enormous support, especially from Latinos. Before she began engaging in education reforms, Betsy had visited Potter’s House in Grand Rapids together with Dick, and realized how some parents faced difficulties when paying tuition fees for their kids. They decided to select some students and fund their studies. However, the idea would not solve the problem because could not sponsor all the needy students in the entire school. Because they were not able to support all the needy students at Potter’s House, Betsy DeVos decided to seek other ways that would bring equality in the education sector.
Personal Biography of Betsy DeVos
Mrs. Betsy DeVos grew up while witnessing leaders in her home town funding various education-related projects. Furthermore, her mother was a public school tutor, and she played critical role of motivating her to have an interest in education. Through her desire to help the needy families in the United States, she formed various PACs, charitable organizations and foundations to advance this worthy cause. These organizations focused on providing better learning opportunities to American all American kids. Betsy earned her bachelor’s of Art degree from Michigan based Calvin College. Prior to joining the Trump’s government, Mrs. DeVos was the chairman of The Windquest. She was also involved in boards of several charitable and civic institutions like Kids Hope U.S.A., Mars Hill Bible Church, ArtPrize, Kendall Center for the Performing Art, and others. For about 15 years, Betsy was involved in mentoring and counseling at-risk students in public schools in Grand Rapids. She interacted with parents, teachers and students, and that made her change her approach towards education forever.