Betsy DeVos’ first date with now-husband Dick DeVos was to attend a community event on behalf of Dick’s father, Richard DeVos. Richard DeVos founded Amway Corporation. Then Elisabeth Prince, Betsy didn’t know that she and Dick DeVos would go on to become Michigan’s power couple for political and education reform. Betsy says that, on her first date, she wore an outfit that only a college student could get away with. She says that the two married young but cared about family, church and community.
Betsy DeVos says that she has always had a passion for education. She said that her passion really began when she was trying to choose among education options for her own children. She began volunteering at a private school in Grand Rapids called the Potter’s House. She said that she saw parents from all socioeconomic levels working towards the best education for their children. She said that she wants all parents to be able to have the best options available for their children’s education. The Potter’s House school opened her eyes and showed her what parents can accomplish when they invest in their children’s education.
DeVos believes that education vouchers are the answer. She says that parents should be able to use federal tax dollars to seek private education for their children. Although Michigan voters disagreed with her, DeVos has had success with the voucher movement in Wisconsin and other states. She says that there’s proof that vouchers work. Even though Michigan voters turned down vouchers in the state, she still thinks that school choice is an important goal for Michigan students and students throughout the United States.
Before serving as U.S. Department of Education Secretary, DeVos served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The post wasn’t her first venture into politics with DeVos having served in politics at Calvin College. DeVos says that she enjoys watching her grandchildren quickly master new technologies. She says that technologies like remote learning can make education even better.
DeVos says that the lecture format of traditional education is outdated. Children learn best through interactive activity, she says. Although DeVos’ appointment to the Department of Education has been controversial, DeVos has made significant changes in Title IX investigations that she says are critical to providing due process rights to the accused. She says that change won’t happen overnight but that she’s dedicated to making changes that she believes will benefit children now and in the future.
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