Early in 2017, Betsy DeVos set up a meeting with representatives of transgender and gay workers employed with the Department of Education. She met with them to discuss something that Trump was about to announce. President Trump was planning to announce that he was removing a federal policy former President Obama had put into place which allowed transgender students the ability to use the bathroom at a school of their choosing.
While speaking with the representatives, DeVos assured them that she knew nothing of the changes beforehand. She wanted to warn them as soon as she was aware. However, she did not say anything to resist the move by Trump. She also didn’t give any warning signs that something was going to be changing soon regarding the policy.
Those who have followed Betsy DeVos through the years know that she is a school choice fighter and a top advocate for charter schools and the school voucher programs. She is also a major donor for the Republican Party and a former chairperson for the Michigan Republican Party. Many mistake Betsy as a meek player in the game of politics. However, she is anything but. She may be polite in person, but she is a fighter for what she believes in.
In her home state of Michigan, she quickly earned a reputation for being an effective, relentless and driven fighter. Both Betsy and her husband use their vast family fortunes to punish those who go up against them and reward those who fight alongside them. Betsy’s husband is Dick DeVos. He is the son of the founder of the Amway Corporation.
Both Dick and Betsy work together behind the scenes to unseat lawmakers who oppose her and pass laws and legislation. The fact that Betsy is a billionaire is not the only reason people fear her. She will work non-stop to get what she wants when it comes to politics and educational choice.
A Tale Of Betsy DeVos
Mrs. DeVos was born in 1958 to the conservative and very wealthy Prince family. She was raised in Holland, Michigan and attended the local Christian Reformed Church. The area she grew up in was populated largely by the Dutch near the Lake Michigan shores.
When she began attending Calvin College, she found herself quickly getting involved in the campus politics. It wasn’t long that she realized she had a passion for it. Calvin is a Grand Rapids Christian school. While going to school, she met Dick DeVos. At the time, he was working his way up in his father’s company, Amway. His goal was to become the next CEO. When Betsy finally graduated, she married Dick and started a family.
Throughout the years they have been married, the billionaire couple has given millions to a variety of political and conservative religious causes. Betsy, in particular, has spent a lot of time and money trying to expand school voucher programs and charter schools. These programs allow students the ability to use public funding options to pay for private schools of their choosing.
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