Betsy Devos was an excellent choice for the 11th Secretary of Education of the United States. There has never been a greater need for forthright, business minded, fiscal conservatives to turn American education priorities in a new direction. DeVos’s strong advocacy for school choice and private school vouchers shows her commitment to breaking through traditional barriers in order to bring free market reform to the American school system.
Betsy was born Elizabeth Dee Prince in Holland, Michigan in 1958. She graduated from Calvin College in Michigan where she began to be politically active. Later, she married Richard Devos Jr. the CEO, son and heir to Richard DeVos Sr the founder of Amway. As an adult, Betsy kept up her political interests and from early on she focused on education.
She served on the board of directors for the Foundation for Education Excellence, the Action Institute, the Alliance for School Choice and All Students Matter, all of which are education PAC’s. She has also served as Republican National Committeewoman and as chairwoman of the Republican National Party. One of her greatest attributes is that there is no mystery what her personal beliefs are. She has always been a strong, attending Christian and an ardent believer in school vouchers.
Since Mrs. DeVos was nominated, she has endured demonstrations against her and strong political resistance to her views on educational reform. In the face of this, she has shown true statesmanship, perseverance and class going through a confirmation process that was stringent enough to make others decline nomination and even recuse themselves. This shows the political grit that is needed for today’s, often rancorous political climate.
Betsy DeVos has the experience and capabilities to enact needed reform the Dept of Education. As she spreads her influence, it will become clear that her plans can work with all people. She essentially believes that education needs to privatize and use market principles in order to remain vital. She also believes that these principles need to be available to all Americans not just the wealthy. She is often quoted as saying our most at risk children are the ones that have the most to gain.
Brave people in the right place at the right time will be the ones that affect our future in a positive way. That certainly describes Betsy DeVos.
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