Mrs Betsy DeVos is a prominent American businesswoman, politician, and philanthropist. Since 7 Feb 2017, Mrs Betsy DeVos has been elected to the position of eleventh U. S. secretary of education.
Mrs Betsy DeVos was born is Holland, Michigan. Her parents – Elsa and Edgar Prince – were esteemed philanthropists who have donated billions to a variety of charitable causes and charitable foundations. Mrs Betsy DeVos also dedicated a significant part of her life to charitable activities, and a number causes related to education in the United States of America, human rights, and more.
Mrs Betsy DeVos has served in many positions over the course of her professional career. She used to be chairman of The Windquest Group which is a firm dedicated to the management of investment. In the academic sector, Mrs Betsy DeVos has been a member and a leader of a great number of boards and charity foundations. The public sector has also been a professional ground for her as she had been a part of Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ArtPrize, the Kendall College of Art and Design, and much more.
In 1989, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was established by Mrs Betsy DeVos and her husband Richard (Dick) DeVos. The family foundation of the couple is dedicated to minority rights, arts and education, and civil rights, among else.
One of the strongest focuses of the philanthropic work of Mrs Betsy DeVos falls on reforms in the education sector. More specifically, Mrs Betsy DeVos is a staunch supporter of the private-school voucher program. She has been directing a lot of her efforts into introducing the voucher program in the United States of America and the changes that it would bring. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
The private-school voucher program was first introduced to American education about fifty years ago. Up to date, the voucher program has become more common. In recent years, the students that have enrolled in educational-choice programs has increased to 40 000. The voucher program for private school has been the main focus of Mrs Betsy DeVos since she became secretary of education.
Over the course of her years of philanthropy, Mrs Betsy DeVos has been dedicated to teaching and its improvement in many states. She has been a supporter of the voucher program back in the 1990s when she was a member of two national boards which were working in the field expansion of educational choice with the use of tax credits and school vouchers. The two national boards were the American Education Reform Council and Children First America. Her work at those organizations led to the creation of the American Federation for Children which is an umbrella for many other organizations.