Betsy Devos is a natural reformist. Back in college, Elisabeth Prince was actively involved with campus politics, which was the beginning of her political activity. Three decades later and now as Mrs. Devos, Betsy has led numerous campaigns and party organizations including being part of various political action committees one of them being the chair of Michigan Republican Party. This reform tendency is something that is common in her family going by how the husband was the Republican nominated Michigan governor candidate in 2006.
The husband and wife follow a solution based approach for both business and political situations. Betsy is the current chair of a privately run multi-company group known as the Windquest Group. The group invests in three fields namely technology, clean energy, and manufacturing. She and her husband founded this company back in 1989. Apart from business ventures, Betsy has pursued a number of reforms through nonprofit channels. She is the chair of Dick and Betsy family foundations, which has many charitable interests. She is a member of various boards both at the local and national levels. She is, however, best known for being a leader in advocating for educational reforms. In fact, she is the leading advocate for a movement called the Educational Choice Movement. She also chairs the American Federation for Children, which shares in these views just as the Alliance for School Choice.
More about the work that Betsy does can be revealed in the summary of her interview with Philanthropy. This interview was about her general involvement in the reform sector of education as well as her choice of focus on school.
Mrs. Betsy Devos is optimistic about the progress of school choice, which was initiated about 50 years ago. She is proud of the statistics that reveal that more than 250000 children are in thirty-three public funded schools, seventeen private choice schools in more than 17 states. This movement is accelerating at a high rate with the number of education choice program students increasing to 40,000. This programs area is also gaining a lot of popularity among the Latinos according to a poll survey. The fact that traditional public schooling systems are failing is why most people continue to be aware of the need for radical reforms in the education system. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.
Mrs. Devos reveals that her interest in the movement from the time it was declared radical was a gradual process. The desire of the Devos’ to be educational activists happened almost three decades ago when they had school-going children. They visited Potter’s House Christian School and loved what they saw which kept them going back. It is what grew into a support system that became consistent and eventually triggered the great interest in the education reforms.
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