Most people know the name Betsy DeVos from President Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, but she has been in politics and philanthropy for decades. Betsy hails from one of America’s richest families, the Prince (Edgar) family. Her father Edgar was the CEO and Founder of Prince Corporation and she served for several years as the vice president of the family’s Prince Foundation. She, along with her husband also founded their own philanthropic endeavor, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, nearly 30 years ago. He husband, Dick, is the former President and founder of Amway.
Betsy DeVos has been an advocate for education for decades. Her family foundation has donated millions of dollars to hospitals as well as private, charter, and public schools. She has been an advocate for school choice as well as Christian education, and the opening up of the education market by privatizing public schools. The idea is to create a school system that is financially stable while giving parents more flexibility in their child’s education.
Betsy DeVos attacks her philanthropic endeavors from a variety of angles, from her foundation to serving as the chairman of both the American Foundation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. She serves on the board of over a dozen foundations that seek to improve education. Her entire adult life has been dedicated to a more pliable education system with less government involvement. She believes that the family should have a larger impact and influence on the education of the children. Dick DeVos has also served on the Michigan State Board of Education, proving that himself and Betsy are devoted to this cause.
The DeVos Family Foundation is intent on placing the education of children back into the control of the child’s family and community. She believes that by providing more school choices that schools will be incentivised to “compete” for students and therefore improving the quality of education. She believes that the public school system as it exists creates a stagnate education systems that does not give schools and teachers the incentive to grow. By increasing competition in schools, Betsy believes we can create a better education system for all. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.