Betsy DeVos Rises From Education Activism To A Top Political Position

The work of Betsy DeVos has been followed by myself for a number of years as she has made the cause of education reform her most important one as both a philanthropist and activist; Betsy DeVos has proven herself to be such an important part of the 21st century education landscape in the U.S. that in early 2017 she was, quite rightly, given the position of Secretary of Education by incoming U.S. President Donald J. Trump. Mrs. DeVos has always been a major supporter of a number of good causes through her own Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation and The Windquest Group used by the couple for their main investments in and around Michigan. One thing that has always brought out my admiration for Betsy DeVos has been the dedication she has shown to providing a better standard of life for the entire community in her home state of Michigan, and the city of Grand Rapids she calls home with her husband, Dick. Check her website for more info at

On February 7th 2017, Betsy DeVos was awarded the role of Education Secretary of the U.S. after the work she has been completing for over three decades was finally recognized by the political establishment as being important; for myself I have nothing but admiration for the way Betsy DeVos has handled her passion for education over the course of her work as a reformer, particularly as the cause was little more than an afterthought for many education experts in the 1990s. My own opinion is that Betsy DeVos has done more than a large number of others in the education community to allow students and their family greater choice over how they are educated and at which institution. By 2015, Betsy DeVos had played a key role in the development of school choice and school voucher programs in 17 states and the District of Columbia that means zip code is no longer the determining factor in the standard of education received.

There is more to the work of Betsy DeVos than simply her interest in education reform that is often seen as the main area of concern for the Holland, Michigan born graduate of Calvin College. Looking at the life and career of Betsy DeVos has allowed me to see she has become a major force in a number of fields, including politics where she has twice headed the Michigan Republican Party as Chair; President George W. Bush also provided Betsy DeVos with a major honor when she was his nomination for a vacant seat on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Despite these outside interests I still believe Betsy DeVos will remain best known for her educational work, which includes the development of the West Michigan Aviation Academy charter school that was established and operated by Betsy and Dick DeVos.

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