Philanthropist

Betsy’s Sometimes Controversial Vision for American Education

Even as a young student at Calvin College in the 70s, Betsy DeVos was an active participant in student government. Her road from there to the role she plays as the current U.S. Secretary of Education is one that many could have predicted. Her persistence in advocating for schools that serve all Americans equally is the kind you only follow when you have a heartfelt belief.   Raised in Holland, Michigan, young Betsy belonged to the Christian Reformed Church. Her decision to attend a college with a deep Protestant tradition underscores the conservative values that have enabled her relationship with Dick DeVos, a former contender for governor in Michigan, Their marriage is one that many would envy. Considering how active DeVos has consistently been in philanthropy and school reform, it’s hard to believe she’s also managed to raise four kids she’s just as dedicated to.   DeVos has her critics,…