Betsy DeVos has been at the forefront of positive change sine her time at Calvin College, when she was known as Elisabeth Prince. In addition, her husband, Dick DeVos, is also actively involved in political and educational reform. He was a candidate for the Governor of Michigan in 2006. In 1989, the DeVos’ established the Widnquest Group. This consists of multiple companies that focus on innovations in manufacturing, technology,and clean energy. Mrs. DeVos is the chairman of the Windquest Group, and she is also the chairman of the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children (AFC). In addition, she also dedicates her time to numerous national and local boards that includes Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center.
Mrs. DeVos participated in an interview that discussed her feelings on educational reform and educational choice. Mrs. DeVos is a believer in using vouchers and tax credits to provide students with the opportunity to attend their school of choice, which could include magnet, private, or charter schools. Mrs. DeVos explained that students shouldn’t be confined to attending a school based on which zip code they live in, and she also believes in using technology to enhance digital learning. According to Mrs. DeVos, homeschooling is an ideal way that parents can take control of their children’s education, and digital learning enables homeschooling and virtual schools with the ability to have the same educational opportunities as those in a traditional classroom setting. When asked about the progression of educational choice, Mrs, DeVos explained that she is optimistic because presently there are an estimated 250,000 students in 33 private schools that are publicly funded in 17 states as well as the District of Columbia. Her devotion to educational reform is the primary reason she was appointed to the position of United States Secretary of Eduction by President Trump.
Mr. and Mrs. DeVos were heirs to family fortunes, and they have contributed to numerous charities. In 2015, the couple donated $11.6 million, and Forbes predicted that the family has donated a lifetime amount of $1.33 billion, which is nearly a quarter of their estimated worth of $5.2 billion. They want their donations to give every student the right to pursue the American dream through freedom of educational choice, and the power couple will continue to work toward educational reform.
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