Newly-elected Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was widely known for her philanthropy long before she was elected as part of Donald Trump’s administration.
Although she is a billionaire and Republican party donor, she firmly believes that all children should receive a good education regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. DeVos and her husband, Dick, son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos and current CEO of Windcrest Group, run a foundation to help children receive a better education.
DeVos and her family’s philanthropy goes back decades. The pour millions of dollars into worthy causes both locally and nationally. She and her husband have helped fund several Republican campaigns. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has a long record of promoting school choice and the voucher program in Michigan. She has also founded a number of educational initiatives, including The 74, an educational news website that is also supported by journalist Campbell Brown.
The Calvin College graduate has always been politically active and on the forefront of supporting education. Her foundation’s giving has gone beyond education, with donations to healthcare, the arts and many gentrification initiatives within the state.
Before being selected as Secretary of State, DeVos served as chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. She and her husband gave financially to the George W. Bush campaign and, she also traveled to other states on behalf of other Republican candidates. She is using her platform as Secretary of Education to promote school equity. She regularly visits schools around the nation and still promotes school choice.
DeVos ran the 2006 campaign for her husband, Dick, who ran to unseat incumbent Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Although he eventually lost, DeVos’ became a household name for her efforts. When Donald Trump was elected, DeVos’ name was the first name to be submitted when fielding candidates for the Secretary of Education position.
DeVos says she is thrilled to serve in the Trump Administration and wants more than anything to make education great again. DeVos says poor and underprivileged children have far too often simply been forgotten or fall through the cracks. “I aim to change that.”
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