When President Trump was inaugurated, the process began to get his choices for Cabinet members confirmed. One of those choices was Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos. Betsy DeVos is being considered for the position of the United States Secretary of Education. There is a lot of talk about her if she were to be confirmed, but her history proves she is more than capable for this position.
Betsy was born and raised in Michigan and has been a Michigan resident her whole life. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She began her political endeavors in 1976 when she volunteered her time with President Gerald Ford. In 1982, Betsy DeVos became involved with the Michigan Republican Party and was elected as the Chairman for the party four times.
In addition to her political work, Betsy is also involved in many business organizations. Betsy is the chairwoman for Windquest Group, a company that she and her husband founded. This company invests in technology for clean energy. The couple was also involved, serving as board members and investors, for Neurocore. This company studies brain disorders.
Betsy and her husband Dick created the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. This is an organization that works through charitable giving. They focus on five different areas: education, community, the arts, justice, and leadership. The foundation works to improve these areas in many ways.
Dick DeVos focuses on the community aspect of the organization. He is very active in the Grand Rapids, Michigan community and has been working hard to revitalize the downtown area. Betsy focuses more on the education aspect of the foundation. DeVos has been an advocate for education since her ‘20s. She believes that all students should have access to a top-notch education no matter where they live.
Betsy has publicly stated that she is not a supporter of Common Core but does believe in high standards, strong accountability, and that control of the schools should be at the local level. Betsy was heavily involved in many changes that were implemented to the Detroit school system.
Betsy DeVos has served her community in one way or another her entire adult life. Through her work with her foundation, she has been working to improve education for children all over the country. Her work has been noticed by many high-ranking political officials to include President Trump. The confirmation process has begun for her nomination for Education of Secretary. Time will tell how it plays out.