[149][150], The DeVoses provide an annual scholarship to students at Northwood University. Only one percent of charters were significantly outperformed by traditional public schools in reading and only 7 percent on math. Asked what she could do about that, she said, "Whatever can be done will be done, and it will be done swiftly and surely. [13], On November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration. This was the first time in U.S. history that a Cabinet nominee's confirmation was decided by the Vice President's tiebreaking vote. [96] She also received an honorary doctorate from Bethune–Cookman University. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may no longer give to campaigns but her family still does. The investigation into DeVry was not the only one stopped, others include those of Bridgepoint Education and Career Education Corporation. "[40][22] She also stated in the op-ed, "We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues … We expect a return on our investment; we expect a good and honest government. "[170] Also defending DeVos's record in Michigan, Jay P. Greene, professor of education policy at the University of Arkansas, argued that Harris's The New York Times article misled readers on the evidence and "falsely claimed that Detroit has failed to close failing charter schools", noting that Detroit has closed more charters than Louisiana, a state Harris cites as a model for charter school legislation. Senators, Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, came out against the confirmation (despite supporting DeVos in committee when both of them voted to move her nomination to the floor),[74] bringing the predicted confirmation vote on DeVos to 50–50 if all Democrats and independents voted as expected, meaning Vice President Mike Pence would have to break the tie. Then there are some nonprofit groups that get involved in elections but aren't required to disclose donors at all. In late May 2018, Devos said that she believed it was "a school decision" on whether to report a student's family to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if the student or their family are undocumented immigrants. Our giving focuses on cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation, and leveraging support in five areas: community, education, arts, justice, and leadership. Scarlet Envy depicted DeVos as "silly" and "martini-swilling. She said that the Trump administration was considering pulling funding from public schools unless they provided full-time in person learning during the pandemic. [38][186], Betsy DeVos's brother, Erik Prince, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, is the founder of Blackwater USA, a private military services contractor. According to Ponnuru, the study referenced by Harris, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, did "not sound nearly as helpful to Harris's case as he suggests". [27][28] Former Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw, with whom DeVos served on a committee, said she is influenced by Dutch neo-Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper, a founding figure in Christian Democracy political ideology. "I . would not be surprised if there are also those that would try to subvert the mission of this organization and this department," she stated. Reach out to us with any questions you may have. . )[121], According to DeVos's 2018 financial disclosure form certified by the Office of Government Ethics on December 3, 2018,[122] she had not divested from twenty-four assets required under her signed ethics agreement[123] nearly 22 months after being confirmed in February 2017. [78][79][80] [175], DeVos has been played by Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live multiple times, including satirizing DeVos's 60 Minutes interview in March 2018. DeVos was unable to provide any actual examples of improvement, but stated there were "pockets" where schools had done better than public schools. Is there any situation? As for some other well-known Michigan individuals and families, Ethan Davidson, the son of the late Pistons owner Bill Davidson, and Ethan's wife, Gretchen, have given just under $300,000 to Democratic groups, including $100,000 to Democratic nominee Joe Biden's Victory Fund. View Betsy DeVos's Family Tree and History, Ancestry and Genealogy. [29] She was a Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan between 1992 and 1997,[30] and served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000. [156] Until November 2016,[157] she headed the All Children Matter PAC which she and her husband founded in 2003 to promote school vouchers, tax credits to businesses that give private school scholarships, and candidates who support these causes. [165], DeVos was chair of the American Federation for Children (AFC). [166] Affiliated with the Alliance for School Choice, the AFC describes itself as "a leading national advocacy organization promoting school choice, with a specific focus on advocating for school vouchers and scholarship tax credit programs". [114] The organization held a meeting on March 28 and a gathering of school shooting survivors and families on April 17.[115]. According to Harris, she designed a system with no oversight in which schools that do poorly can continue to enroll students. [46] Democratic senators raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest and questioned whether she and her family members would "benefit financially from actions" she could take as the U.S. Secretary of Education. [14], DeVos is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a privately held operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. [73], On January 31, DeVos's nomination was approved by the committee on a 12–11 party-line vote and was due to be voted on by the Senate. Had his confirmation vote been earlier than hers, he would have been forced to resign from the Senate, therefore losing a vital vote for the Republicans on the confirmation. In March 2016, DeVos described Donald Trump as an "interloper" and said that he "does not represent the Republican Party". Betsy DeVos is an American entrepreneur, politician, activist, and philanthropist. In mid-May 2018, The New York Times reported that under DeVos, the size of the team investigating abuses and fraud by for-profit colleges was reduced from about twelve members under the Obama administration to three, with their task also being scaled back to "processing student loan forgiveness applications and looking at smaller compliance cases".

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