A recent reader opinion published in the Los Angeles Times has drawn some thought producing comments. The opinion piece titled “Why not give Betsy DeVos and school vouchers a try?” was published on February 20, 2017. A few of these comments are worth noting, pointing out some things that most readers probably didn’t realize. Surveys of communities with high proportions of children of color support the school voucher system. Our current system is not democratically controlled; instead overseen by public employee unions. Betsy DeVos’s beliefs are rooted in the best interest of children and their parents. She and many others feel if a school meets state requirements in regards to academic standards they should be allowed to reach those standards in any way they see fit. In regards to religious based schools, the decision is the personal choice of parents or guardians. The consensus was it might be time to give Betsy DeVos and her ideas a chance.
With her recent confirmation as the Secretary of Education, it is time to learn more about this dedicated woman. Betsy DeVos, not only dedicated to improving our educational system, is a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. As chairwoman of the Windquest Group, she oversaw the company’s investments in clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos, the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, are board members and major investors in Neurocore, an organization that provides therapy for brain disorders, including autism, depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. During her, over 30 plus years of community service Betsy DeVos has led or been a board member of many institutions dedicated to the betterment of the community. Her service includes chairwoman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, serving with distinction at the American Federation for Children, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the Philanthropy Roundtable, and the Alliance for School Choice, to mention only a few.
Betsy DeVos has been interested in politics for most of her adult life. Her volunteering as a precinct delegate in 1982 led to being named as the head of the Michigan Republican Party, not once but four times. Betsy has worked on many political campaigns, including her husband’s failed bid to be the governor of Michigan. For two years of the Bush Administration, she was in charge of finance for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She and her family have made generous donations, held fundraisers and worked to advance the philosophy of the Republican Party for decades.
After attending high school in Holland, Michigan, Betsy attended Calvin College where she earned a B.A. degree in business administration and political science. Betsy and Dick DeVos reside in Michigan and have four children. Considering Betsy’s dedication to improving lives, particularly education, it is time to give her ideas a try. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org