Newly-appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has been at the heart of the education reform movement since long before I knew there was such a political standpoint. I have been impressed with the way Betsy DeVos has built her role within the education reform movement over the last few decades until she is now the occupier of the most impressive seat of power in the U.S. public school system; I first became aware of Betsy DeVos when she began her work to bring education reform to the students of Florida which have become the largest provider of school choice and voucher system to an impressive 92,000 students; in her role as the leader of the American Federation for Children, Betsy DeVos impressed me with her knowledge of the public school system and how a joint private-public venture could make a difference to the students of the U.S.
I believe the driving force behind the education reform and political work of Betsy DeVos is the need to bring about lasting change to the education system and allow consistent evolution to the majority of schools serving students from all backgrounds. Reading interviews with Betsy DeVos, I was impressed to discover she first became a campaigner for education reform when her own children were in school and Secretary DeVos did not wish others to miss out on the opportunities the wealth of her family afforded her own offspring. Betsy DeVos continues her good works as Secretary of Education and impressed me with her consistent dedication to the Potter’s House Christian School in the years prior to her appointment to her political position after the school is seen by her supporters, including myself, as the main reason for her interest in the education reform movement.
In my opinion, Betsy DeVos has the best interests of the community at heart and has proven this in many ways. A consistent supporter of the arts through the Kennedy Center, Betsy DeVos was swayed to pledge more than $20 million to a new arts management institute which eventually bore the DeVos name after the need for a greater level of arts management training was explained to her by leading figures at the prestigious institution she eventually joined the board of at the behest of President George W. Bush. As a philanthropist, I was impressed by the innovative ways Betsy DeVos and billionaire husband, Dick went about providing a better way of bringing the arts to the attention of their hometown of Grand Rapids through the innovative ArtPrize project; unlike many art festivals in the U.S. the ArtPrize provides the general public with the power to vote for their favorite piece of art over the course of the festival.
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