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Education And Politics Combine In The Work Of Betsy DeVos


I always look for new ways of discovering more about those I feel are playing an important role in the lives of the people of the U.S. as I feel I can learn a large amount about the best ways of helping others through the work already completed by some of the world’s best-known philanthropists. One name I have seen much of in recent times and only recently sought to learn more about Betsy DeVos, the newly installed U.S. Secretary of Education, who is fast becoming one of the reformers and philanthropists I have the greatest respect for; in many different areas of life for U.S. citizens in and around Michigan and across the nation I have been shocked at the rate of support Mrs. DeVos has helped over the course of more than two decades.

In a Philanthropy Roundtable article, I recently read I was pleased to discover Mrs. DeVos has been involved in the education reform movement for a prolonged period of time. In my own experience of the philanthropy work completed by some of the world’s best known philanthropists I have often come across those well-known people who have become major supporters of good causes long after they become popular among global activists; I was happy to see the interest taken in education reform began for Betsy DeVos long before the cause was popular among activists and everyday people of all ages. In my opinion, the role played by Betsy DeVos in the education reform movement from the 1990s onward could be seen as her becoming the driving force among those who are always seeking the best options in gaining the best education for the children and students of the U.S.

An aspect of the life story of Betsy DeVos I was unaware of was the role the mother of the Education Secretary played in her need to aid the educational community of the U.S. Many of us already knew Secretary DeVos as the daughter of industrialist Eric Prince, but I was unaware her mother was a public school teacher who began the interest Betsy DeVos retains in educational institutions and policy at all levels. Betsy DeVos may not have taken the traditional route to her role as Education Secretary, yet I believe she has built a strong reputation in political circles for her role as the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party and her links to many leading conservative politicians, such as President George W. Bush. I have also witnessed the work of Betsy DeVos as an education leader see her bring together politicians at state and local level regardless of political leanings to do what is best for the children of the U.S.

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