When Betsy DeVos first came on the scene in Washington D.C., not everyone knew who she was. Quite the stir was created during her confirmation hearings as Democrats hammered her with one question after another that seemed aimed at unsettling the businesswoman from Michigan. While many people may have seen her as unprepared and “tone deaf” in her response to some of the questions, others weren’t worried at all. DeVos has been a big player in the politics of Michigan for many years and has also helped to improve the city of Grand Rapids through donations and hard work. She is known for her ability to remain steadfast and dedicated when supporting a cause and has butted heads with many politicians over the years.
Before Betsy DeVos was confirmed in as the Secretary of Education for the United States, she revealed the details of her charitable foundation. This gave the public a better look at how much money the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has donated to charitable causes over the years. That number came in at over $130 million, and it was also revealed that a huge chunk of that money has gone to educational nonprofits. DeVos is definitely a woman who backs up her talk with real action, and this demonstrated that to the public.
During her time as the new educational secretary for the U.S., Betsy DeVos has already gotten to work on the important issues of the day. It is her hopes that more leaders in her nation will begin to see the benefits of educational choice. This is a term that covers legislation that allows for lower income families to be able to send their kids to private or charter schools by being able to access public funds. Many Democrats do not support educational choice, but DeVos has already been able to cross over political aisles to change some of their minds.
Directly after she began to serve in her new post, Betsy DeVos contacted Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Randi Weingarten in order to set up a meeting. These are the two leaders of the most prominent teachers unions in the United States. Weingarten did have that meeting with DeVos, but Garcia declined. Betsy DeVos took it all in stride and decided to move forward by going on a tour of schools in Florida and Washington, D.C., where she was joined by Queen Rania of Jordan and first lady, Melania Trump.
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