Betsy Devos; Changing The Educational Landscape

Betsy DeVos, the 11th and current Secretary of Education of the United States is all set to renew the state’s involvement and interest in the development of education for America.

She has been actively involved in the movement for the right to one’s choice and school preferences, having been an advocate of school voucher programs, school choice and charter schools as well as her help with the Reformed Christian Community.

Betsy Devos rose to the title of Republican National Committeewoman of Michigan from the years 1992-1997, during which time she also held the position of chairwoman for the Michigan Republican Party between 1996 to 2000, and even ended up being re-elected for the same in the year 2003.

Devos has been a long and faithful advocate for the Detroit charter school system and became a board member for the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

It’s hardly surprising that she be the pick for Secretary of Education considering that she’s also been board chairwoman for Alliance for School Choice and Action Institute, heading all matter children related.

DeVos, raised and born in Holland, is no stranger to leadership, having been exposed to her father, Edgar Prince’s vast empire at a young age.

Prince founded the Prince Corporation and became a billionaire industrialist in the auto parts manufacturing sector.

The vast wealth that she has been pivotal in creating and maintaining over the years has not blinded her loyalties to her faith and alma mater, having made significant donations to Calvin College, the Christian Reformed school run in Michigan, which she attended after the Holland Christian High School.

Her deep concern for the future of education is apparent in her massive philanthropy and activism of the same; it’s about time America embraced the unique insights a businesswoman has to offer to the world of learning.

DeVos has many a time mentioned her passionate vision for every family in the United States to have a broad choice of education. This includes the privatization of education, diversion of public funds to religious and private schools and the installation of voucher programs for schools. She also mentioned the need for digital learning and homeschooling as accessible options under her movement titled ‘educational choice’. Read more news on CNN.

DeVos, together with her husband, have adopted a highly strategic and organized approach to furthering their plan for school vouchers.

The failure of securing voucher legislation in the year 2000 in Michigan did not deter this resilient couple team, who went on to tackle the issue at a grassroots level, an alternative that many in her position would consider beneath themselves. The couple then went ahead putting together a large number of non-profit organizations and fundraisers, pushing their agenda at the local level in a practical and endearing way, winning the hearts of American households. Follow Betsy on Twitter.

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