Many people make local and national headlines every day. One family that haas been seeing an increase in headlines is the DeVos family. This increase in headlines is due to the recent Presidential Cabinet nomination of Betsy DeVos. One DeVos particular to these headlines is Betsy’s husband, Dick DeVos.
The most recent article to highlight the couple was published in January on the MLive website. It went into detail the current scrutiny that the couple has been under since the nomination. In particular, the couple’s charitable contributions have been greatly discussed.
According to the article, the DeVoses have given a considerable amount of money over the years to the Republican party. However, these contributions are overshadowed by the staggering amount of money that has been given by this family to the education system in the state of Michigan.
The article also briefly discussed the couple’s views on the education reform that they feel needs to happen across America. This reform is quite similar to the plans they have helped implement in Michigan. Some of their ideas include parental right to choose which school their children attend, instead of the strict boundaries that are currently in place. The couple are also supporters of the school voucher system. The voucher system allows parents to insure the schools their children attend receive the allocated government funds for their children’s education.
I think the DeVos family is a great choice for our education system. Dick DeVos went to public school himself. He seen first hand how some schools receive more funding than others. He has also sat on several school boards and even the Michigan State Board of Education. Mr. DeVos has also started an Education Freedom Fund which helps low income children earn scholarships for bettering their education. He also started an Aviation Academy for high school students.
In fact, the DeVos’ dedication to bettering the education system doesn’t stop their. The latest information to come to light, thanks to the recent nomination of Mrs. DeVos, shows that the couple contribute a huge amount of money every year to education. This amount is in excessive of over a quarter of their annual contributions. I personally think The DeVos family is one of the best advocates for educational reform in the country. They have devoted their lives and millions of dollars to Michigan’s education system alone.
Dick DeVos has held many other positions, besides in the education sector. He has also spent many years working for the family business, Amway. Mr. DeVos was also President and CEO of the Orlando Magic team for a few years. Mr. DeVos has also been an advocate of healthcare reform and restoring neighborhoods that are on a decline.