As the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has very extensive plan to improve the education system present in the United States. Her passion started through working with underprivileged children in Michigan whose families could not afford higher education. This sparked Mrs. DeVos’ drive to do something better for these kids, so that they could have the means to pursue a better education than what they were given. Together with her husband Dick DeVos, she has donated to multiple charities that support her cause. In the past, she had given to the Potter’s House Christian School in an effort to give the children adequate resources to help them move on to higher education. Today, she continues to contribute money and resources to the Potter’s House among many other organizations in her effort to make education more affordable and obtainable for those in economic crisis. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.
Her efforts towards greater education have been felt in Florida, Indiana, and Louisiana, where schools have begun to offer more diverse choices for educational advancement. DeVos is also responsible for forming the American Federation for Children, an organization that combines the efforts of All Children Matter, founded by Dick DeVos and his late partner John Walton, and the Alliance for School Choice, which was a group dedicated to providing easier access to higher education. Merging the two foundations together formed the AFC, and the foundation is still going strong to this day. Betsy DeVos also held seats on Children First America and the Children Educational Reform in the 1990’s, which helped solidify her stance in American education. She has also served on multiple other boards, both education-centered and not, including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Kids Hope USA, and the Mars Hill Bible Church.
As of 2017, Betsy DeVos was confirmed and appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Education. This move will ensure that students from all over America, regardless of ZIP code or net familial income, will have a chance to pursue higher education at the school of their family’s choice. Better schools and more diverse paths for education are already on the rise thanks to Mrs. DeVos’ efforts in her field. It is with high hopes that Betsy will continue to work towards her goal and create affordable education for every child in America. Her philanthropic efforts toward many low-income schools have already helped countless children from low-income families get ahead in life, and with her greater influence over statewide education, she will continue to fight for what she believes is the right course of action. A more educated America is something that everyone can believe in, regardless of economic standing. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.