Betsy Devos is President Trump’s education secretary and a reformer who looks for new solutions to social problems in politics as well as in business. She was born in a rich family and schooled in Calvin College where she got into campus politics and she has remained relevant in politics ever since. She has served in several prestigious positions including chairperson of the Michigan Republic Party for six years and she has led in campaigns, political committees and party organizations for over 30 years.
Importantly, she follows her reform goals through an array of various nonprofit roles, like chairing the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation, serving as chairperson and founder of the Windquest Group which is a multi-company group that devotes its resources in technology, just to name a few. Her charitable concerns range widely being a member of Kids Hope USA, the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Mars Hill Bible Church.
Betsy is not a lady anyone should underestimate considering her politics in Michigan. Though she might seem gracious in the public eye, she is a very focused and relentless lady. She uses her wide ranged wealth and her connections to punish her enemies and also to award the ones who take her side. She is a well-experienced lady and knows how to create connections and archive her goals.
When they had school-aged children, she and her husband had the opportunity to interact with parents from low-income families who would do anything to get their children to safe schools with a good learning environment. It is at this point when she developed a progressive urge of helping those parents and her husband ran for the position of State Board of Education in 1990, Michigan and got elected. Mrs. Devos got involved in developing a foundation to help the low-income families with scholarships. This was a great initiative she had undertaken but it became clear to her that still many families would not benefit from the initiative thus it was not solving the real issue.
This made her work relentlessly to push for the funding of charter schools by the government. There are over 30 publicly funded private programs helping about 250,000 students from 17 states and the Colombian District. They did polling in 5 states and found extraordinary popularity in educational choice especially with the Latinos. Some opposed it saying that it would starve the public schools making children from poor backgrounds to suffer but she proved them wrong.
Betsy has been an iron woman in everything she does and she has stood firmly with anything she believes in. Recently, she got herself in trouble after opposing the policy that allowed the use of school bathrooms by transgender students in a way that they could choose the bathrooms that matched their gender. However, she did not show the difference between her and the president. She has been a very strong woman and for anyone who has interest in politics and reformists, Mrs. Devos is the person to serve as a role model.
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