Elizabeth DeVos ‘Betsy’ is the current Secretary of Education in President Donald Trump’s administration. It is her passion and involvement in the educations system that made her the perfect candidate for the job.
Betsy has participated in different projects that were designed to make improvements in the education system in the United States of America. She has been a strong proponent of the school voucher system. The school vouchers were designed to allow the students to attended private schools with the public school vouchers. She is also known for her involvement in the school choice campaign. Betsy believes that the schools should be opened up to charter schools. Betsy DeVos has been passionate about the grading system that is used by the schools.
Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos established a scholarship that was to offer free entrepreneurship scholarships. They awarded the scholarships to students who were pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration, and Master of Business Administration at the Northwood University.
She is a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education that was founded by Jeb Bush. The primary goal of the Foundation is to establish an education system that will equip every child to achieve their potential.
Betsy DeVos has garnered a lot of attention from the public because of her charity contribution. As part of her vetting process, Betsy was required to reveal how much she and her husband had contributed. According to the report published on their website, the couple has donated approximately $139 million to different organizations.
In 2015, they contributed around $11.3 million, 26% of that was meant for the education sector. The family has made most of their contributions through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, established in 1989. The couple has donated significant amounts of money to art organizations, health research, hospitals, and evangelical missions among others.
Between 2004 and 2010, Betsy served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. During that period she managed to make significant changes including funding a center for teaching managers and directors. The couple made a contribution of $22.5 million towards the center. The center was later renamed to the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
The DeVos family has also been behind the ArtPrize which is an art competition held in Michigan.
Betsy has been actively involved in politics since 1982. She was elected as the chairman of the Michigan Republic Party for 16 consecutive times since 1986. Between 1992 and 1997, she was the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan. Betsy also served as the chairwoman of the party from 1996 to 2000.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Calvin College.
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