For many years, parents in the United States have been forced to choose schools for their children based solely on their homes’ ZIP codes. However, the introduction and expansion of charter schools and educational choices have left parents with broader options on where to send their kids. One person who has worked tirelessly to ensure successful implementation of these programs is Mrs. Betsy DeVos, the current Education Secretary in the USA. She has advanced the need to provide parents with more options and freedom when educating their children. According to Mrs. DeVos, it is the only way that equity can be enhanced within the education system in the country.
As an active politician, Betsy DeVos held a political party position and also mobilized politicians in Michigan to support her reform agenda with the aim of improving the quality of education. Today, many students are able to attend schools of their choice, where they are assured better education. She has been involved directly with establishing and heading several charitable organizations with the aim of funding educational programs in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, Betsy has led PACs that sponsor election of reform oriented candidates to the Congress. Through a number of initiatives she led, the educational choice movement has spread to 25 states.
Mrs. Betsy DeVos has worked very hard to eliminate the perception many people had that ZIP code or the income of a family do not determine the quality of education a student would receive. It was expected that Betsy would push the agenda of having states and localities control the education sector. As such, parents would have greater say when choosing appropriate educational settings for their children. It would be the right way of ensuring students are on the right path to achieving successful careers in their life. Through the support of her husband, Dick DeVos, they have donated millions of dollars to sponsorship programs as well as funding various organizations advancing the need for quality education. The couple donates their funds through Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
Betsy’s Personal Biography
Betsy DeVos’ mum was a school teacher and she played a critical role of developing her (Betsy) interest in education from an early age. Furthermore, while Betsy was growing up, many leaders in her home town were involved in the development of various projects to increase opportunities for students to access world-class education. It also offered parents more options of selecting the right schools to send their kids. For over a decade, Mrs. DeVos assisted students, parents and tutors through mentorship programs in Grand Rapids. She mainly helped at-risk students learning in public schools. Betsy received her BA degree from Calvin College. She is married to a politician, businessman and philanthropist Dick DeVos.