After Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States in 2016, and officially occupied the White House in January 2017, he nominated Mrs. Betsy DeVos to serve as the secretary in charge of education. Later, the Senate confirmed Betsy’s nomination and she assumed her role to streamline the education system, which had for a long time failed to serve all American kids equally. Prior to her confirmation, Betsy DeVos was actively involved in seeking reforms that were aimed at benefiting less-fortunate students who could not have accessed education necessary to help them realize their dreams. This group of students was discriminated against because of the ZIP code of their place of resident.Betsy DeVos had served as a leader of a movement pushing for expansion of charter schools in different states across the United States. The movement advocated for total freedom for parents when choosing the schools to send their kids.
To provide longtime solutions to this problem, Betsy DeVos and her team proposed homeschooling and other e-learning platforms that would enable students access the education they deserve from their homes or any other place. She worked hard to ensure ll American kids have the freedom to choose the kind of education they want.Betsy worked closely with her husband, Dick DeVos to advance their need of ensuring there was equity for all students. The couple began this cause together several years ago when they visited a local school in Grand Rapids which had for a long time served students from less-privileged students Michigan. After visiting Potter’s House Christian School, they experienced the reality on the ground when they realized some parents could do anything possible so that they can send their kids to a safe school.
They decided to select specific students, whom they offered full scholarships for their education.According to Mrs. Betsy DeVos, the idea of providing scholarships only served limited number of students, and therefore it could not address the real problem.They decided to involve different state governments so that they can find lasting solution to the ever growing civil rights problem. They sought both political and social solutions to this problem. Dick DeVos was elected to serve on the State Board of Education, and Betsy was involved in establishing a foundation that provided scholarships to students from low-income families.Before she became Trump’s education secretary, Mrs. DeVos was the chairperson of a family owned company, The Windquest Group. It is investment management enterprise, where she held executive role together with her husband. Mrs. DeVos graduated from Calvin College, where she received a BA degree. As part of her philanthropic work, she served on boards of several organizations engaging in charitable initiatives.