Having been raised by a school teacher, Betsy DeVos’ interest in education began at a young age. But it wasn’t until her own children reached school age that her passion for education reform was truly sparked. Betsy realized that not all children in America were afforded the same educational choices. After spending 15 years in the school system as a mentor to at-risk children in Michigan she decided that she wanted to be more involved with educational reform
Betsy graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor in Art’s Degree. Working with her husband, Dick DeVos, she has spent the last three decades working to create more opportunities for low income families. Betsy does not believe that a child should be limited to what school they attend simply by their zip code or family income. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
The DeVos’ first began their educational philanthropy with the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids. They believed that every family should have the choice of where their children went to school. But they also realized that not every family could afford to send their children to the Potter’s House. So Betsy created a scholarship program for low income families. This led her to starting a foundation to help low income families in other areas of the country. While this program helped many families it was not enough.
In the ’90’s Betsy Devos sat on the boards of two charities that were working for more educational choices. During this time she saw the benefits of the voucher and tax credit programs. Both of these options were successful in Michigan and led her to take them to a national level. She went on to become the chairman of the American Federation for Children. The AFC oversees other educational reform programs such as the American Federation for Children Action Fund and the Alliance for School Choice.
Betsy DeVos was appointed the 11th Secretary of Education in February, 2017. Before that she sat on numerous boards including Kids Hope USA, the Kendall College of Art and Design and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her dedication and hard work has led to more educational choices for children in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.