In the last couple of months, Betsy DeVos has garnered a lot of attention from the public. She was nominated and confirmed as the 11th Secretary of Education of the United States. The reason she has been in the limelight is due to the many different changes that she is impacting in the Education system.
In less than two months, Betsy has managed to make changes that would have taken others years to achieve. The first significant change was in the transgender student rights. While it was not her initiative, she was mandated to sign the order issued by President Donald Trump for the draft to proceed. The draft bill was designed to reverse the transgender law of 2016. According to the law, the students of the LGBT Group were allowed to use any bathroom of their choice.
The other major change that she actively participated in was on the school loans. Together with the President, Betsy has changed the rule that prohibits the lenders from charging a hefty penalty to the defaulters. They want to have the rate increased so as to motivate the people to pay back their school loans. By charging high penalties, the lenders will have more money to lend out to needy students. On the downside, this may discourage students from pursuing their education. The law is still young and yet to be implemented so we can all hope in anticipation that it a decision in the right direction. Follow Betsy on twitter.com
Betsy is also known for her philanthropy work. In a report that was published on their website, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos have contributed $139 million. Most of their contributions have gone towards supporting the education department in the United States.
The couple also established a Foundation that they have used to support different organization. Through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, the couple has donated millions to Evangelical missions, Hospitals, health research, and art organizations.
They have also established a scholarship that seeks to support the students pursuing their Bachelor of Business Administration or M.B.A from the Northwood University.
Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
Betsy DeVos has been involved in politics since 1982. She is an active member of the Michigan Republican Party and has served in different capacities. Since 1986, Betsy has been elected as a delegate of the party for 16 consecutive terms. She also served as the Republican Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997. Betsy was also appointed as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and served from 1996 to 2000. She later resigned in 2000 and was reelected in 2003.
Betsy holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts from the Calvin College in Michigan.