Reform Takes Center Stage For Betsy DeVos

In February 2017, Betsy DeVos was appointed to the position of U.S. Secretary of Education after spending more than three decades as an education reformer living her life in aid of the communities of people in the U.S. who are trying to provide a better educational experience for their family members. Mrs. DeVos has become one of the leading figures in the U.S. for the cause of education reform and one I have personally looked to as I have sought to give my own family the best possible educational opportunities; I have been a fan of the work of Betsy DeVos since she began her many programs based in our shared home state of Michigan, which has now spread across the U.S. and had an effect on the global educational system.

As a reformer, Betsy DeVos can be said to have been an active participant in the role of education in the U.S. since she was a young woman studying for a degree at Calvin College. I was pleased to read of many of Secretary DeVos’ college friends and acquaintances explain the major role the younger Betsy DeVos played in politics as a college student, an interest in politics that has continued through her work as a philanthropist and education reformer, according to Philanthropy Roundtable. I believe the political and charitable work of Betsy DeVos is often misunderstood as they have often intertwined in a way that allows the entire DeVos family to play a major role in how the more than $5 billion they are said to share is given to charitable groups; Mrs. DeVos has developed one of the most important charitable foundations in the U.S. over recent years with a focus on more than just educational reform, but also a look at how best to aid the people of Michigan and many other areas of the world.

Education obviously plays a key role in the work of Betsy DeVos with her donations to the Potter’s House Christian School in her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan and to the West Michigan Aviation Academy charter school founded by herself and billionaire husband, Dick DeVos. Although I have built a large amount of respect for Mrs. DeVos and her family for their role as major philanthropists, I have been increasingly impressed with the educational work completed by Mrs. DeVos over the years, which includes working as an in school advocate for at risk children. Both Betsy and Dick DeVos impressed me with their links to the foundation of the Detroit, Michigan based charter school system that has proven such a success in recent years; in developing new ways of completing education reform I believe the knowledge and bipartisan negotiations Betsy DeVos has completed in states across the nation have prepared her well for her new role as the U.S. Secretary of Education.


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