Betsy DeVos has served as the Secretary of Education in President Donald Trump’s administration since February 7, 2017, when Mike Pence cast the deciding vote for her confirmation. She has long been an advocate for school choice. Once she reached the office, she immediately called the head of the two largest teachers unions suggesting that they have a meeting. While one declined, she hit the road with the other one to visit schools across the United States.
While some question why Donald Trump picked her, those who have worked with her in Michigan say that she is a very smart woman who is willing to listen to all sides of an argument. They also say that she is a great team player, but she will fiercely defend her own beliefs.
Many of her beliefs are reflected in the giving of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that she and her husband created. This foundation that was established in 1990 has given away more than $139 million. According to the foundation’s tax return, they supported a variety of activities in the year before she became the secretary.
Spring GR is a Grand Rapid, Michigan, nonprofit helps people from low-income areas who want to start a business by helping them find a mentor. The couple gave Spring GR $44,891.
The couple has given over $4 million to ArtPrize, which is one of the largest open art competitions in the world. Most of it was given in the form of a promissory note. As of December 2015, the couple is owed $307,909 by Art Prize.
The couple has given numerous grants to educational foundations including Davenport University, Grand Rapids Christian School Administration, Success Academy Charter Schools Inc., School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Christian School International, Cornell University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Christian School Administration. Dick and Betsy DeVos have also given numerous gifts to youth organizations in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area including the Boys and Girls Club and the Boy Scouts of America. The couple let their faith guide their giving while attempting to give away at least 10 percent of all money that they earn yearly. While they usually give their gifts without any strings attached, they love to get personally involved with the work of the organization when possible.
Betsy DeVos has hit the ground running in Washington D.C. She hopes that she can improve the quality of education for all children in the United States.
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