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Betsy DeVos: Fighting for Equal Educational Opportunities

Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Michigan where she attended Calvin College, a Christian Liberal Arts school. While in college, DeVos became involved in politics and such involvement has continued throughout her life. She has spent the last 30 years since then running campaigns, party organizations and political action committees.

DeVos has been the chair of the Windquest Group, a firm founded with husband Dick. The group invests in technology, manufacturing and clean energy. In addition to her work with the group, Betsy DeVos has been the chair of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She has been a board member of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Devos has been a leading advocate for the school choice movement.

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When DeVos' children were school age, she had to face a harsh reality in that not all children had the same access to educational opportunities. Betsy DeVos made a commitment to make a difference. She spent 15 years being a mentor to at-risk students in the Grand Rapids, Michigan public schools. She and her husband visited Potter's House Christian School in Grand Rapids. DeVos was moved by the families that were clearly struggling to keep their children learning in a safe learning environment. Betsy and Dick DeVos started helping to support individual students at the school. That support grew into a larger financial commitment, and the DeVos' continue their support to that school today. That experience sparked an interest in helping struggling families to choose better educational opportunities. Realizing that not all parents of school children had the opportunity to express the need for better educational opportunities for their children, Betsy DeVos committed herself to being their voice. She joined the fight for school choice so every parent could choose better schools regardless of district zoned school and regardless of income.

On February 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos became the 11th United States Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump. Together with the president, DeVos intends to continue her passion of the last 30 years working for educational reform. She has worked to get school choice in 25 states and the District of Columbia. She intends to work on creating equal opportunities for education the new reality. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.

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