Betsy DeVos’ sincere commitment to children’s education in a wholesome environment is evident not only in her financial records but also in her appointments calendar. Mrs. DeVos donated or pledged more than $13 million during the year 2015 and served numerous hours on several charitable foundations’ boards. Additionally, she lends her time to mentoring and tutoring young students, particularly in her home state of Michigan. I believe her dedication, which began in the 1990s at The Potter’s House School, will continue to bring positive change to the education arena.From her upbringing by a public school teacher mother to her earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, through her appointment as Secretary of Education in 2017 Betsy DeVos has dedicated much of her life to school children. Beginning in 1994, according to the U. S. Department of Education’s website, she first sat on The Potter’s House School advisory board.
Her experience with the teachers, parents, and students of the school encouraged her to pursue national efforts to offer freedom of education choice to families of all ethnic groups and income levels. Since 2008, Mrs. DeVos has served on or chaired several boards including the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Great Lakes Education Project, and the American Education Reform Council. Additionally, she – with her husband, son and other family members – has formed foundations supporting education efforts of school-aged youth. Among these organizations are the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and ArtPrize. Noted on Glasspockets, a philanthropy information provider, she and her husband formed the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 to support education, arts, justice, and leadership development endeavors. ArtPrize is the work of Betsy DeVos’ son and is a non-profit art competition.
Although I am impressed with the amount of time Mrs. DeVos dedicates in her hands-on approach to improving children’s education, I also applaud her financial contributions. As shown when the education news site, Politico, examined her foundation’s tax records, Betsy DeVos assisted with providing numerous foundations with millions of dollars earmarked for improving the education environment. The DeVos’ provided $150,000 to the New York City Success Academy Charter Schools in 2015, with another $150,000 approved for future payment. They provided the beloved Potter’s House with $200,000 and gave $113,500 to Ferris State University, a public school in Michigan. These are only a few examples of the schools and organizations the DeVos Foundation helps to fund. Betsy DeVos takes quality and availability of children’s education plus her ability to improve it seriously.