The 11th United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has been in the headlines recently. Her confirmation as a cabinet secretary resulted in a tie, wherein half of the Senate rejected her application while the other half of the senate confirmed her. Mike Pence, the current vice president of the United States, has to step up and break the tie. He voted in favor of Betsy DeVos, confirming her as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. It was the first time that it happened in the history of the United States, and it is the reason why it made the news. Known as a vocal supporter of programs that are helping the population gain access to education and social welfare, Betsy Devos has been considered as one of the best choices to head the Education Department. She has been giving school vouchers to those who are having a hard time sending their children to school, and she is also an advocate of the freedom of school choice. She wanted to elevate the condition of American education, which is why she decided to work as the head of the Education Department. She believes that through her initiatives, the status of education in the United States can be improved.
Aside from working for the government, Betsy DeVos is also busy looking after her businesses. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, known as the founder of Prince Corporation. She is married to Dick DeVos, a former Amway executive who belongs to one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the United States. Her influence in the world of business and politics has given her the edge in creating foundations and charities that will help the people who are in need. She is also using all her power to achieve the goal that she wanted in the first place – providing every American with quality and affordable education.
Betsy DeVos is actively participating in philanthropic works. She likes to help different groups and organizations which promote arts and education. She is also donating some of her money to several charities and foundations, and their family was even considered as one of the most generous families in the United States. Her family is also running several foundations, including The Prince Foundation, which was established by her father, where she served as the vice president; and The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, created by her husband. Through this foundation, they manage to donate some of their wealth to organizations and institutions which share the same idea that they are promoting. It includes schools, hospitals, research centers, museums, and even the Christian church’s missions. Betsy DeVos also plays a vital role in the establishment of Art Prize, an art competition that is currently known as one of the most significant art events in the world, attended by thousands coming from different countries.
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