Born Elisabeth Prince, Betsy DeVos is a businesswoman and a politician in the Republican Party. She currently serves as the United States Secretary of Education. She was President Donald Trump’s choice even before he won the 2016 Presidential elections. She said that she was honoured to work with the President to make the American Education great again. She has also served before as the Republican National Committeewoman in Michigan and also as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republic Party. DeVos is a board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and has served as an advocate of the Detroit charter school system and also the chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice and Acton Institute. She has a degree in Arts from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he participated in the Campus politics. Being a Republican, Betsy has raised and donated funds to help in the Republic Party campaigns for decades, making the DeVos family the largest single contributor to the party.
Through their Foundation Betsy and Dick DeVos her husband, they have managed to donate tens of millions to charitable organisations including the University of Maryland College Park Foundation that received $500,000. Among the other institutions that the DeVoses have been involved in is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that received $250,000, The Porters House School in Michigan where she hails from; an amount of $200,000, and the Alliance for School Choice; a total amount of $100,000. She has donated to several Christian –related education groups like the Ada Christian School Society; an amount of $50,000 among others. Even with these massive contributions, the DeVos Foundation (dbdvfoundation.org) has pledged $3.2 million in the future.
Known as an advocate for school choice and school voucher programs, Betsy has been criticized for wanting to replace the current public schools’ system, keeping in mind that the system is overseen by public employee unions who do not necessarily have the best interest at heart for children. The program is supported in some communities mostly among the people of color. Betsy believes that parents or guardians should have the opinion to choose the schools that best suit their children’s educational needs in terms of the core state standards. The school choice also applies to private religious schools. Some people believe that the public education funding should also be used to set up Muslim-friendly schools that provide Islamic teachings with no direct oversight of the state law. Just like roads, public schools are funded by taxes, but one does not have the choice to have a voucher from transportation taxes. An educated population is equally as significant as having access to safe roads.
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