Betsy DeVos has been a long-term leader in the effort to reform education by giving parents the ability to freely choose the school their children attend. In addition to donating money to various charities through her and her husband’s foundation, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, she also lends her expertise and personal time to the effort. Among the school-choice nonprofits she has served on the board for are the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids Hope USA, Alliance for School Choice, and the American Federation for Children.
As a leader of the movement, she has been encouraged by how much it has spread over the last few decades. Today, 17 states, and the District of Columbia, have school districts that allow children to go to their school of choice. Betsy DeVos has said that the movement is also accelerating as time goes on and more children succeed under this model. She has also said that many public school districts are failing around the nation and children being able to attend private schools is the answer. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
Some of the ideas that Betsy has touted as helping parents get their children into the school of their choice includes tax credits, educational savings accounts, vouchers, and other tax reforms that can be implemented. She particularly wants to help the children of low-income families as the public schools they attend tend to be the worse with low graduation rates and uninformed graduates.
In 2010, Dick and Betsy DeVos founded and seeded with money the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This school turns out high school graduates that are ready to enter the aviation industry in a variety or roles. This includes technical workers and pilots of airplanes. Many of the students that attend the school come from a disadvantaged background and needed a school like this in order to reach their potential.
It was in 1989 Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was started. In addition to providing money to educational causes, they also support the arts, justice, leadership, and community groups. As another cause that Betsy DeVos is passionate about, she was named to the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts by President George W. Bush. After she saw that many leaders in the arts community were ill prepared to lead their institutions, she and Dick created and funded the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. This program, located at the University of Maryland, gives graduates the business skills they need to lead in the industry.
In addition to her charitable work, Betsy DeVos co-founded the Windquest Group. She served as the Chairman of the Board of this company which is involved in green energy, industry, and technology. Check this article from New York Post.