Over the last three decades, Dick and Betsy DeVos have made enormous donations to the political landscape, these donations have been tagged with a lot of criticism and attention from the public. But these donations have not been significant compared to the charitable contributions they have made that adds up to $139 million over the course of their lifetimes.
Before Betsy DeVos was confirmed for the U.S Education Secretary position, her contributions to the school choice causes and the Republican candidates were investigated. The couple went ahead to publicly show how their philanthropic giving of millions of dollars was being distributed through their foundation.
To give you an overview of their donation; in 2015, according to tot he Foundation website, the couple donated $11.6 million to charity. This is two times the $5.3 million that was given to campaigns in the last five years that Betsy handed to the Federal government.
The couple is extending their family history of supporting the Republican politics that has been ongoing for the last decades. This started out by Dick DeVos’ dad Rich DeVos, the co-founder of Amway. In 2015, the family was in the Forbes list of America’s Top Givers list when they handed out $104 million to charities.
After Betsy DeVos was appointed the U.S Education secretary, she visited an all-girls charter school located in Washington, together with Jordan’s Queen Rania, and the first lady Melania Trump. After her statement, DeVos went ahead to solidify her stand on school choice by celebrating what the Excel Academy was doing because it was meeting the needs of the parents, the children and the community. Betsy was able to note that this kind of system was empowering parents to select education environments for their children.
After her Washington visit, Betsy DeVos visited Miami-area schools that had different educational offerings. There are schools which are private, public elementary school, Christian Schools, two institutions of higher learning, and the Pitbull-started charter school.
Betsy also visited CARE elementary school located in Overtown section of downtown Miami that was initially known as Christian Academy for Reaching Excellence. The elementary school is part of Florida Tax Credit Scholarship that offers corporations and individuals tax incentives to donate money to companies that provide scholarships for religious and private education expenses and tuition.
The supporters of the program have stated that students who come from low-income families are given an opportunity to access education, while critics assert that the system is privatizing public education, violating the tenet that exists to separate the state and the church. DeVos also managed to visit SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management) Charter Schools, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Science at Florida International University.
The DeVoses have always had a sweet spot for education. They have made financial support to various education causes that have been in environments of adult support, academic rigor, supervision, and accountability. The couple is benefactors of an urban Christian school known as Potter’s House.
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