With most of the country fearing what Betsy DeVos’ ideas will do to the education system, many are not doing much research on the subject or trying to look at it from another point of view. While some people believe our education system is democratically controlled, it is not. It is run by unions whose goals many not be in sync with the best interests of our children.
There are many that fear private religious schools will end up running the country with Betsy DeVos at the helm, but religious schools should be available as a choice. Parents should be able to choose the schools their children will attend, as long as they meet basic state standards. Choice in schools could be in the best interest of children and their parents.
DeVos has been an advocate for school vouchers for many years. School vouchers though can allow people a greater choice. It opens the door for more personalized schooling systems, catering to certain religions or groups of people. In our country, taxes fund public schools. School vouchers are actual checks drawn on that money from those taxes given to an individual child, undemocratically.
The woman behind the Secretary of Education position, Betsy DeVos has supported the education field for decades. She is a member of the Republican Party and is recognized for her advocacy of choices in school, charter schools, and school voucher programs. Her political ties begin at college, where she was involved in campus politics at Calvin College.
As a member of one of the wealthiest families in Michigan, The DeVos family has been some of the largest donors to political campaigns, the Republican Party, and philanthropic endeavors. Betsy first served the Michigan Republican Party in 1982, working her way up to become the Party’s Committeewoman in 1992, until 1997. She then served the Michigan Republican Party by being its Chairwoman from 1996 to 2000. She personally raised more than $150,000 for President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 and even hosted a fundraiser that headlined Bush in her own house in 2008.
DeVos doesn’t just host fundraisers however. She is the chairwoman of the company Windquest Group. This privately held operating group invests in the fields of manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. Betsy and her husband Dick founded the company in 1989. Betsy is also a chief investor of the company Neurocore. Neurocore is a brain performance centers group that offers different therapy for disorders like autism, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder.
Betsy DeVos is also co-founder of the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, an organization that is motivated by faith and funds programs that cultivate leadership through the arts, community, and education. The foundation made more than $11 million in contributions in 2015, leading the DeVos Family to the 24th spot on Forbes America’s Top Givers list.
Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.