Betsy DeVos and the Future of Education

Betsy DeVos is very experienced and knowledgeable about what she does. She has had years of practice and hard work. She began her career as a successful businesswoman and political activism over 30 years ago while a student at Calvin College. In the early 80s, she married billionaire businessman, Dick DeVos. Along with her husband, in 1989 Betsy co-founded and continues to chair the Windquest Group, a company that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. She is also an extremely active philanthropist, often involved in non-profit projects. Most of such work is done as chair of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, but she continues to be an integral member of boards of charities throughout the nation. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

Since the beginning, Betsy’s greatest area of political interest has been education, especially as concerns school choice. School choice is her biggest concentration as chair of the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. A recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable revealed some of her educational ideals. Betsy was clear on the fact that she fully believes she has made progress in her 30-plus years of work and that she is therefore extremely optimistic about the future.

She says her pet project, the educational-choice movement is definitely picking up momentum, with 40,000 added to nationwide educational-choice programs in the past year alone. Now Betsy has an even higher platform of educational activism as Education Secretary under Donald Trump. One of her many jobs in this position is overseeing the $1.3 trillion debt program. Although School Choice is her biggest educational concern, she is also deeply concerned with other educational matters such as the ever increasing massive national student debt.

Betsy DeVos is currently hard at work planning and deploying a strategy to greatly downsize this debt. The will greatly help low-income students with year-round Pell Grants. This new year-round Pell Grant plan commenced on July 1. Betsy’s system makes everything easier and simpler by putting everyone on one plan instead of the former multiple-plan system. More importantly, her plan will save everyone a lot of money. She estimates that her plan will enable to save around $130 million in five years. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.