Confirmed by the Senate on February 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos is now the 11th Secretary of Education. She was nominated President Donald J. Trump. This is a well deserved appointment as she has been involved with education policy for over three decades. It has been her goal to see underserved children have access to great education. No child should be limited in the quality of education they can receive because of the income of their household or because of their zip code. Her interest in education was sparked early in life by her mother, who was a public school teacher. When she was enrolling her own children in school it struck her as unfair that because of income she could choose which school her children went to, but other parents that cared just as much couldn’t. Check this related article from nypost.com.
Potter’s House Christian School was the beginning of her charity work. She and her husband began supporting individual family’s efforts to sent their children to the school. They still support this school. Betsy DeVos does a great deal of charity work. She and her husband, Dick DeVos, are both well known philanthropists. She is known for her work with American Federation for Children as well as The Philanthropy Roundtable. She serves on a number of boards for charitable organizations such as ArtPrize, American Enterprise Institute, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the University of Maryland. She is also the chairman of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
She has taken action to make sure that children have access to better education. She started the political action committee in Michigan called the Great Lakes Education Project. This was to promote growing education reform through charter schools. Her efforts kept becoming more organized with every action taken. Not only is she fighting for educational choice, she plans to advocate to return control of education back over to states. She feels that this will power back to parents regarding where their children can go to school. It will also make sure that higher education is preparing students to successfully enter the work force. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.