As a parent, I have recently found myself becoming increasingly concerned about the quality of the education my children are receiving in the U.S. public school system many parents now feel is not giving our next generation a fair chance at achieving their full potential within. For this reason I have been impressed by the bold decision to appoint Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education in the Trump Administration, the well-known education reformer has, I believe, the interests of our children in her heart as she looks to continue the work she began decades ago in what was seen at the time as a cause for away from mainstream politics and philanthropy. My own belief is Betsy DeVos is simply a person who cares for the nation and the next generation of students who are best served by having their education placed in their own hands and those of their family.
Twice named the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy DeVos has spent much of the last three decades working with politicians at both state and national level seeking ways of reforming the education system. I was personally impressed with the work Betsy DeVos to cross party lines and bring about the largest state-level education reform program in U.S. history to the state of Florida where school choice and voucher systems are now the norms; for this reason, I believe Betsy DeVos has the skills to achieve much in her role as Secretary of Education. Understanding the need to look beyond the simple lines of party politics has always been a talent I have admired in Betsy DeVos as she has traveled the U.S. personally seeking to raise awareness about changes in public school policy to the people of different local regions in her bid to impact as many lives as possible.
Betsy DeVos has not only been willing to become the spokesperson for the education reform movement but has also become a leading force in bringing a new way of understanding the latest technologies used in education to the students of the U.S. The development of the West Michigan Aviation Academy was completed with the aid of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a philanthropic group I have admired for many years for their good works in and around Michigan; the West Michigan Aviation Academy is a charter school providing places for low-income students with a dream of entering the aviation industry; in developing a skilled workforce for the future of the aviation industry who already have practical experience in all aspects of airplane design, production, and maintenance the hope of myself and the DeVos family is a new industry developing across the Grand Rapids, Michigan region.
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It’s no secret that Betsy DeVos and Dick are gaining a lot of attention for their enormous contributions to politics. However, those contributions are pocket change when you compare them to the amount they donate to charitable acts. They have given nearly $139 million in their lifetime.
The DeVoes couple has been in the limelight for their generosity. In the year 2015, the couple records that they gave out a whopping $11.6 million as charitable contributions. The amount is twice higher the number she gave out as campaign donation of $5.3million. Betsy and Dick have invested so much in education. In 2015, a total of $3 million was allocated to educational causes. The amount accounted for 26 percent of the total donations that year. Apart from the gift, another $357000 was given to groups supporting educational reforms. The spending shows the emphasis that the DeVoes couple has placed on education.
But why such a massive investment in education? The DeVoes believe that the current system of education does not help in the realization of the American dream. Put simply; the system is continually increasing a civil rights problem. They argue that the only way to realize this is to ensure that education is affordable and available to all American kids. Only by doing so will the children be able to recognize and experience the American dream. The solution to this is developing a system of education that fits all despite their social and economic standing.
One of the notable investments in education is the Aviation-themed Charter school that they launched in Gerald R. Ford International airport. Most of the students admitted in this school are from economically disadvantaged families. The program draws students from three neighboring counties where some trek for almost one hour to school. The school boasts of an 86 percent graduation rate of its students. The program saw the DeVos take pride in the first 15 pilot graduates. These pilots represent hope, comfort, and satisfaction to their parents and their families.
The DeVoes are high-ranking individuals of a family dynasty that has been a key player in Republican politics for a long time, led by Dick’s father. The elder DeVos together with his four children allotted over $104 to charitable organizations.
Dick DeVos has held various leadership positions in his lifetime. He is the current President of the Windquest group, a position he has held since 2002. Before his appointment to this post, Dick was the president and the chief executive officer of the Amway Global, from 1993 to 2002. He has also been at for NBA’s Orlando Magic 1991 to 1993. In all his engagements, he considers his father as his role model, a person he would live to emulate.