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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Philanthropy Work

With no political background, Betsy DeVos was perceived as relatively unknown as she stepped into the spotlight when President Trump appointed her as United States Secretary of Education. While she may not have been involved in politics, there is no doubt Betsy DeVos has spent a lifetime being an involved advocate for education. She has made headlines across the nation with her goal of helping reform public school education. Where did she come from and what did she do before now?


Growing up with a mother who was a public school teacher, as well as having children and grandchildren of her own growing up in various academic settings, Betsy DeVos has had a long term vested interest in the quality of education available to students across the United States. When not advocating for education, she also has a strong history of philanthropy work.


Ms. DeVos educational philanthropy began when she and her husband started visiting the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was a private school geared toward low income families. While she and her husband could afford to send their children to whatever school they felt could deliver the best education for their children, they kept returning to the Potter’s House and seeing the sacrifices these low income families were making so that their children could attend that school. She and her husband began supporting families and sponsoring the tuition of some of those children. To this day, they continue to be major supporters of the school.


As an activist, volunteer, and advocate for children, Betsy DeVos is trying to make public school better for all of our children. Giving families choices so that they can send their child to the school that best meets their needs, regardless of the zip code they live in, is at the top of her list. Allowing states and local communities to be involved in making choices that best meet their needs, instead of “big government” issuing mandates is a step in that direction.


As a parent, it is easy to see that Betsy DeVos is trying to help me ensure my children get the education they need and deserve. Living in an area where the best school is not the one right down the street, I am interested in seeing her achieve her goals. Knowing that she has a long standing background of advocacy, volunteer work, and philanthropy work dedicated to creating better educational opportunities for all students, gives me hope that my children will have a better educational experience than I did.


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