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Contribution of Betsy Devos to Our Education and Governance

Betsy DeVos was born on January 8, 1958. She is a politician, businesswoman and the current Secretary of education in the United States. DeVos is known for her support of school voucher programs, charter schools, and school choice. The politician is a member of the Republican Party and served as Michigan’s Republican National Committeewoman from 1992 to 1997. She has also chaired the Michigan Republican Party between 1996 and 2000, and later on reelected to the position in 2003.

 

DeVos has served as an advocate of the charter school system in Detroit. She is a board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Additionally, she has chaired the board of the Action Institute and the Alliance school of choice. On November 23, 2016, she was named by the then president-elect, Donald Trump as the nominee to serve as the secretary of Education. On January 31, her nomination was approved on a party-line vote by the Senate committee on health, education, labor, and pension. On 7th February, the Senate confirmed the politician by a 51-50 margin, with the vice president breaking the tie in her favor.

 

DeVos is known for her involvement in philanthropy. Her Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was established in 1989, and faith motivates its giving. The foundation majors on cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support for education, arts, community, administration, and justice. In 2015 alone, the foundation made charitable contributions of $11.6 million. Her family was ranked on the 2015 Forbes list of America’s top givers.

 

DeVos has served as board member, treasurer, and chairperson of the action institute. Additionally, she was listed on IRS Form 990s for many years as the vice president of the Prince Foundation. In 2004, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center by President George W. Bush, a position she served until 2010. During this period, DeVos and her husband established a center where boards of directors and arts managers were taught how to manage and fundraise for their cultural institutions. In 2010, the couple jointly donated $22.5 million to continue the endeavor named DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

 

DeVos has also participated in Education activism. In 2001, she listed the efforts in education activism and reform as a means by which God’s kingdom would be advanced. She also believed in using education to encourage the proliferation of charter schools and the establishment of private schools via financial assistance programs, otherwise known as vouchers. DeVos believes that opening up the education market offers increased choice to parents.

 

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