In the wake of several devastating hurricanes and tropical developments that have wrecked havoc on the coast of Texas, Florida, and the entire Puerto Rican, the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos tweeted her condolences to the individuals affected by these natural disasters. The Secretary of Education is reportedly preparing for a large scaled government intervention for students who were adversely affected by the tropical storms. Devos’ support of inconvenienced students is not surprising in light of her track record with the American school system. For decades, Betsy Devos has fought for the rights of disenfranchised and underprivileged students.
Betsy Devos began her political career shortly after marrying her husband of more than 30 years, Richard “Dick” Devos. At the time of their marriage, Dick Devos was the leader of the largely successful multi-level marketing company, Amway. Dick Devos and Betsy Devos became heavily involved in the political systems of Grand Rapids, Michigan, their city of residence. While Dick chose to become politically active in a highly visible capacity, namely by entering the Grand Rapids gubernatorial race in 2006, Betsy Devos chose to affect political change through the medium of education. After leading several committees that sought policy change in the public and private school sectors, Betsy Devos was elected the chair of Grand Rapids’ largest education political action committee.
In addition to their full time work with the conservative political party in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Betsy and Dick Devos also donated millions of dollars to help underprivileged children in the Michigan area. Betsy Devos has always supported school choice for students who would not otherwise have received options. In the later portion of 2009, Devos lobbied to support the Michigan education department’s funding of school choice programs and scholarships. Because of Betsy Devos’ political involvement in the school choice programs in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hundreds of poor students were able to attend new charter and private schools instead of the failing public schools that many of these students were scheduled to attend.
Because of Betsy Devos’ remarkable philanthropy toward American students in need of financial and academic help, the lives of many students have been changed forever. As the current United States Secretary of Education, Devos seeks to implement the many changes she made to education policy procedures in Grand Rapids in the American education platform. Although her offer of assistance to students who were adversely affected by inclement weather was met with criticism by some professional social media pundits, Devos has countered ridiculous claims. Both the Secretary of Education and the staff of the Education Department agree that petty arguments should be placed aside to effectively fulfill the needs of students from Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
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