Dick and Betsy have sent most of their lives as adults attempting to charge the education system. The CEO of Amway Inc. from 1993 to 2002, was determined to launch a sponsored constitutional amendment creates tax-funded vouchers for students. These coupons would aid in allowing these students to attend private schools. Although, in 2000 the public voted on this bill and rejected it. They did not give up. There are now twenty-four states who have some vouchers in the District of Columbia. There is something about giving the parents more choice in their children’s education that drives them.
The DeVos’ believe in making a difference in the families lives. They made a huge donation to the children’s hospital in the Spectrum Health System. This hospital cost $103 million to construct in 2006 and the DeVos’ donated $12.5 million to help in the cause. The hospital now has named after the wife of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, Helen DeVos.
The DeVos’ continued to push the limits towards the education system with the aim to change state laws that affect the education and labor. Dick had education reform as one of his most significant initiatives. He founded a charter school for aviation in the Grand Rapids International Airport. The goal is to allow families who are poor, the right to give their children the same education as everyone else.
Dick and Betsy are heirs to two family fortunes. Although, you would not know it. They are like a modern-day Robin Hood. Only, instead of taking from the rich and giving to the poor, they use their own money and give in support of helping others. During the years of 1989 to 2015, the DeVos Family Foundation gave away $138.7 million to programs such as leadership, arts and culture, health and human services, churches, and policy initiatives centered towards education.
With all the hard work the DeVos’ have given to make a difference in the education system, there is no wonder why President Donald Trump made Betsy DeVos’ the U.S. Secretary of Education. Dick and Betsy started out on an adventure to make a difference in the education system. Thanks to their hard work, the DeVos are finally able to do that very thing. Putting Betsy in as the U.S. Secretary of Education was not easy. There was a very close debate by the U.S. Senate over the impact of the choice program. Learn more: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170602/NEWS/170609993/dick-and-betsy-devos