Passionate Fighter For Children
Betsy DeVos is a mother of four and grandmother of five, who is driven by a deep commitment to ensure all children have access to good schools regardless of their ZIP code. She has dedicated the last 28 years of her life to fighting in dozens of state capitals to promote school choice, improve all school and drive real gains in student achievement.
DeVos helped her husband, Dick, launch a charter school in Grand Rapids that is now one of the highest performing charter school in Michigan.
In her home state of Michigan, DeVos led the effort to pass the state’s first charter school law, and then successfully lifted the cap on charter schools. According to Stanford University, Michigan’s charter school students are performing significantly better than students in traditional public schools.
DeVos has also been instrumental in expanding school choice nationwide, helping to provide children with access to better schools and holding the system accountable for classroom results. As a result of her work, more than a million students have exercised their right to school choice and obtained access to a quality school that meets their needs.
DeVos is passionately committed to creating better opportunities for minority children who have been left behind by failing public schools. She is widely recognized as one of the most thoughtful and committed education reformers in America.
Betsy DeVos is opposed to the federalized Common Core. She believes that the top-down approach to education policy during the Obama presidency was a failure. As the next Secretary of Education, DeVos will fight to send power and money back to governors and local school districts, and she will advocate for more parental control over our K-12 schools and expanded school choice. DeVos is committed to ushering in a new era of conservative education reforms that will close the skill gap in America and better prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future.