Betsy Devos – on topic article

Betsy DeVos, the newest U.S. Education Secretary, is a very compassionate philanthropist, experienced in the political arena, and whose firm ideals and plans for education reform in America’s school system have made her a polarizing figure in Washington. Recently, Richard Perez-Pena highlighted Ms. DeVos’ fighting spirit in a piece in the New York Times (“Betsy DeVos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter” – Feb. 23, 2017).

 

Early in her appointment, Ms. DeVos differed in opinion with President Trump on a few initiatives, one of which related to transgender issues in schools. Though she supported the current rulings relating to this case, President Trump moved to rescind the ruling. She remained true to the party and lent support to the president’s decision.

 

Ms. DeVos, a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, is a leading advocate of school vouchers and charter schools. In Michigan, her reputation over the years as a most generous philanthropist is very well known. Now in the national spotlight, her reputation as a real fighter in the political arena is becoming widely recognized on a national level.

 

Ms. DeVos, with no inside government experience, came into her position with mostly vacant posts in the upper ranks of the department. She is basically starting off from scratch, able to bring staffers in she is most comfortable with.

 

Earlier in her life, Ms. DeVos worked at times at the auto parts company that her wealthy West Michigan businessman father Edgar Prince owned. Most noteworthy and well known publicly in her family is her husband Dick DeVos, a billionaire businessman (he was a former owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic) and government aspirant, unsuccessfully running for Michigan governor in 2006.

 

Opponents of Ms. DeVos claim that she doesn’t have the knowledge or experience dealing with public schools and colleges, as she and Mr. DeVos only had private educations, as did their children. As a strong supporter of charter schools, for decades she has directed tax money away from public schools, sending it to bolster charter school growth. She firmly believes that parents should fully have the right whether or not to send their children to charter schools, much to the chagrin of public school supporters.

 

What with the Detroit public school system continuing to deteriorate, Ms. DeVos bid for shutting down the public school system altogether. Ms. DeVos, who barely won the nomination for her post, had a tough time in Washington at first. She has, since then, settled in well.

 

Her family is still very active in philanthropy, mainly through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Over their lifetimes, the DeVos’ have made charitable contributions of over $139 million, so their passion for helping others is seemingly limitless in passion and enthusiasm, with most significant financial contributions there to further advance their most selfless causes.

 

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Dick Devos Reveals the Staggering Amounts of Money He Donated to Charity

Dick and Betsy Devos are making an amazing revelation about their philanthropic activities. They have actually donated over one hundred and thirty nine million dollars to charity. They are known to have made many political donations. However, what nobody is talking about is their donations to charity, which is far more than their political donations.

 

In the year 2015, Betsy and Dick Devos donated more than eleven and a half million dollars to charity. This is more than double than the political donations that she made in the previous half decade! That only amounted to less than six million dollars.

 

Dick Devos is the son of Rich Devos. Rich Devos is the founder of Amway. Rich, Dick and Dick’s three siblings have altogether donated more than one hundred and four million dollars to charity in 2015. The family was therefore put on the list of Top Givers by Forbes magazine. Altogether, according to an estimation by Forbes magazine, the Devos family donated more than one billion and three hundred and thirty three million dollars over their lifetime. This is around a fourth of their entire net worth. Betsy Devos also comes from a family that is known to be very philanthropic.

 

So what are Betsy and Dick Devos donating to? A large bulk of their charitable donations are going to educational means. In 2015, over three million dollars were donated by Betsy and Dick to educational institutions. This is more than a quarter of all of their charitable donations in that year. Another few hundred thousand dollars went to education indirectly, by being donated to help promote education reform.

 

Why are they so concerned about education? The truth is that Betsy and Dick believe that the educational system in the United States today has serious problems. Children and parents are not being given the opportunity to get an education in the way and in the school that they like.

 

Dick and Betsy also care deeply about their local town and work hard to make sure that it is successful. For example, in 1991, there was a plan to build a sports center in Grand Rapids. Dick was still working at Amway, and he worked to get this plan canceled. He felt that the sports center would affect Grand Rapids in a bad way. He pointed to a similar situation that happened in Detroit. There, the Pontiac Silverdome was bad for the city when the Lions and Pistons left.

 

As you probably know, Betsy Devos is now the Secretary of Education for the United States. After reading this article, it is not hard at all to figure out why she was nominated by President Donald Trump. It’s because she cares so much about education and donated so much so that kids can have a great education.