Sometimes to really understand what it takes to make classrooms more conducive to learning, you need to understand being a parent and knowing how to stretch and grow a student’s mind. That’s what Betsy DeVos, the current US Education Secretary knows having been a mother to several children and being the founder of a charter school in Grand Rapids, MI. She’s a leader in many charities including American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc., Xprize Foundation and other health and wellness research groups. Betsy DeVos was once interviewed with Philanthropy Roundtable before President Trump chose her as Education Secretary, and she had several things to say about school of choice.
DeVos told Philanthropy Roundtable that she believes the time is now for even more opportunities that advanced technology can provide to the classroom and that more school of choice policies can be implemented. She said that it was sending her own children to private school that made her realize how important it was to give less fortunate families the same opportunities her children had with good schools, and that inspired her and Dick to start the DeVos Foundation and its scholarship funds. Betsy stated that what she’s most proud of is doing the old-fashioned door-to-door, phone calls and radio ad work that goes with grassroots reform efforts when promoting educational policies at the state level. She was part of a ballot initiative that came up short in the 2000 election in Michigan that would have given private schools tax credits, and she also organized similar efforts in states like Louisiana.
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Betsy DeVos is the daughter of Edgar and Elsa Prince and the brother of Eric Prince, all of whom have accomplished many things in the business world and even for the US military. She attended Calvin College where she got her bachelor’s in business, and married Dick DeVos Jr., the son of Michigan multilevel marketing guru Richard DeVos Sr. who also owns the NBA’s Orlando Magic. She and Dick served on the boards of Amway and also founded The Windquest Group, a Grand Rapids investment company that’s seed funded many alternative energy and advanced sciences companies across Michigan. Betsy DeVos also became the chairperson of the Michigan Republican party both in 1996-2000 and then again in 2003 up to 2008. She not only hosted fundraising events across Michigan, she also was outspoken against then Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm.