Before Betsy DeVos became known as the political powerhouse she is known as today, she was just known as Elisabeth Prince, and she was just one of many students at Calvin College. However, it was there that she discovered her lifelong vocation – that of political reformer. She undertook a tremendous role in the politics of the campus and she discovered her true niche. She has been politically active ever since, even over three decades later. Of course, on thing you could say about Betsy DeVos is that is almost like reform is her middle name. Everything she touches does not remain the same. Besides having a passion for her family, she also has a passion for philanthropy and for school choice. Indeed, it has been her life’s mission to ensure that everyone – not just the very rich like her – have the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choosing.
During her thirty years in politics, DeVos has been involved in a variety of organizations. She has chaired many different departments, including six years as head of the Michigan Republican party. Of course, she now is completely distinguishing herself as the Education Secretary for the presidential administration of Donald Trump. She is also involved in a number of charities, including Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Kids Hope USA among many others. Of course, all of this involvement totally dwarfs her involvement in the school choice movement. To that end, she once sat down for an interview regarding the progress of the movement. Of course, keep in mind that the interview took place in 2013, so her statistics have likely improved even more since then.
First of all, she was asked about the growth of this movement since the first private school voucher program was established in Milwaukee in 1988. She noted how she was extremely pleased at the fact that today there are about 250,000 students across 17 states that have taken part in the school choice voucher program. Of course, there are some of her opponents in education who feel the woman is “dangerous”, but this belies the fact that she has repeatedly called for a bipartisan effort to reform schools and to emphasize school choice.
However, Betsy DeVos doesn’t just walk the walk, she also talks the talk. She recently visited a charter school started by the Cuban rapper Pitbull in Miami. Naturally, it would the two would not have much in common, but when it comes to supporting a common cause Betsy DeVos is more than glad to put aside any differences. It would seem that Washington could definitely learn a thing or two from this woman.
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