For the past thirty years or so Betsy DeVos has been working harder than anyone to bring reformation and relief to the educational system of the United States of America. Of course, Betsy DeVos has been doing her work as a private citizen without the luxury of the government at her beck and call. Alongside her husband Dick DeVos, Betsy has helped to cultivate a following for the school choice movement that now comprises millions of individuals all around the United States. In 2017, Betsy DeVos was tabbed to become the next Secretary of Education. After a tough Senate hearing in which the partisan divide in American politics was made abundantly clear, Betsy DeVos was confirmed. Now, over one and a half years later, Betsy DeVos is establishing herself as a reformer in the most important field in the country: education.
Growing up in Holland, MI taught Betsy DeVos quite a bit about life and the importance of conservative values. She grew up in a family of reformers who all believed in the power of faith and family. Her brother would go on to establish one of the most famous private security firms in the world and her father would run a successful automobile company. Marrying Dick DeVos would put Betsy DeVos on the national stage as her husband is the heir to the massive Amway fortune. Despite all of the reasons that Betsy DeVos had to take it easy and enjoy her wealth, she has instead spent her entire adult life instead working toward supporting education reform around the country.
When her own children were young, Betsy and Dick went around the state looking for the right educational facilities for their family. They ended up crossing paths with the Potter’s House Christian School, a prominent school choice establishment. Betsy and Dick DeVos took one look inside of a classroom at the building and knew that they had found the education system for them. Betsy DeVos recalls that the children and teachers were absolutely energized by love and admiration for education.
Since falling in love with school choice, DeVos has established several committees and has served on the chair for many more. She’s helped to spread school choice to 17 different states, countless institutions and to more than 250,000 students. As one of the true outsiders on Donald Trump’s Presidential Cabinet, she’ll have the chance to make school choice a success for students all around the country.
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