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Betsy Devos Biography
Betsy Devos ( Elisabeth Dee DeVos) was born in Holland, Michigan, United States. She is an American entrepreneur, politician, activist and philanthropist serving at the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education since 2017 and also a Business Women. Devos is known to be a Republican.
Betsy Devos Age
Betsy was born on January 8, 1958, in Holland, Michigan, United States. She is 61 years old as of 2019.
Betsy Devos Family | Betsy Devos Brother
DeVos was born and grew up as Elisabeth Prince, in Holland, Michigan, United States. She is the daughter of Elsa (Zwiep) Prince (later, Broekhuizen) and Edgar Prince, a billionaire industrialist, who are of Dutch ancestry. She has a brother by the name Erik Prince, who served as an officer of the United States Navy SEALs founded the American private military company ‘Blackwater’ (presently ‘Academi’).
Betsy Devos Husband
She was married to Richard Marvin “Dick” DeVos Jr, from 1993 to 2002. more famous as Dick DeVos, a businessman who served as CEO of ‘Amway’, a multi-level marketing company co-founded by his billionaire father, Richard DeVos and also the owner of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team. The couple was blessed with four children.
Betsy Devos Children
The U.S Secretary of Education, Devos, has four children, namely Rick, Elissa, Andrea, and Ryan. She also has one grandchild. Rick works for the Windquest Group, as a consultant on urban development.
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Betsy Devos Career
1986 she was elected and served the party like a local region delegate for every two-year term, sixteen times in a row. Also worked as an entrepreneur, DeVos co-founded the privately held investment management firm ‘Windquest Group’ with her husband Dick DeVos in 1989. The firm has holdings in technology, clean energy, and manufacturing sectors among others. In 1989, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation were formed that over the years has been donating millions of dollars to art organizations, hospitals, civic organizations, evangelical mission, Christian schools, charter schools and public schools among others.
In 1992, DeVos became the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan and held the position till 1997. Before, in 1996 she was inducted as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, where she resigned from the post in 2000 and was again re-elected without opposition in 2003. In October 2008, a Republican fundraiser event was hosted by her at her residence that was headlined by the then US President George W. Bush. Later In 2008, she and her husband set up ‘The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship’ to help MA, MS, or MBA students, especially the ones from developing countries, to attend ‘Thunderbird School of Global Management’. She served the National Republican Senatorial Committee as its finance chairperson for two years and during this time she closely worked on different projects with the Bush Administration.
In 2012, DeVos along with her husband produced the stage play ‘Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson’ for a Broadway run which however closed in December that year after running for 3 weeks which garnered negative reviews. DeVos chaired boards of ‘The Philanthropy Roundtable’ and ‘American Federation for Children’. She also remained a Cboard member of other organizations and institutes including ‘DeVos Institute for Arts Management’ at the University of Maryland, ‘Foundation for Excellence in Education’, ‘American Enterprise Institute’ and ‘ArtPrize’.
Betsy Devos Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion.
Betsy Devos Quotes
- I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues.
- I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential Grizzlies.
- More and more parents are coming to realize their children are suffering at the hands of a system built to strangle any reform, any innovation, or any change. . . . This realization is becoming more evident as the momentum builds for an education revolution.
Betsy Devos Yacht
She owns a $40 million yacht from August 2018, being one of ten yachts owned by the family. it serves in the marina of Lake Erie, that helps to sustain $10,000 damages.Betsy Devos Yacht
Betsy Devos 60 Minutes
In March 2018, in the 60 Minutes, she held an interview, about the documented failure of the DeVos programs to demonstrate a positive result, in Michigan, her home state. 60 Minutes is an American news magazine and television program that is broadcast on the CBS television network.
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Betsy Devos Interview
Betsy DeVos’s botched ’60 Minutes’ interview, annotated
Published: March 12, 2018
DEVOS: I give a lot of credit to the [Parkland high school] students there for really raising their voices, and I think that they are not going to let this moment go by.
STAHL: They want gun control.
DEVOS: They want a variety of things. They want solutions.
STAHL: Do you think that teachers should have guns in the classroom?
DEVOS: That should be an option for states and communities to consider. And I hesitate to think of, like, my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff — I couldn’t ever imagine her having a gun and being trained in that way. But for those who are, who are capable, this is one solution that can and should be considered. But no one size fits all. Every state and every community is going to address this issue in a different way.
STAHL: Do you see yourself as a leader in this — in this subject? And what kind of ideas will you be promoting?
DEVOS: I have actually asked to head up a task force that will really look at what states are doing. See, there are a lot of states that are addressing these issues in very cohesive and coherent ways.
STAHL: Do you feel a sense of urgency?
STAHL: Because this sounds like talking — instead of acting.
DEVOS: No, there is a sense of urgency indeed
DEVOS: We have invested billions and billions and billions of dollars [in public education] from the federal level, and we have seen zero results.
STAHL: But that really isn’t true. Test scores have gone up over the last 25 years. So why do you keep saying nothing’s been accomplished?
DEVOS: Well actually, test scores vis-a-vis the rest of the world have not gone up. And we have continued to be middle of the pack at best. That’s just not acceptable.
STAHL: No it’s not acceptable. But it’s better than it was. That’s the point. You don’t acknowledge that things have gotten better. You won’t acknowledge that, over the —
DEVOS: But I don’t think they have for too many kids. We’ve stagnated.
STAHL: Okay, so there’s the big argument. So what can be done about that?
DEVOS: What can be done about that is empowering parents to make the choices for their kids. Any family that has the economic means and the power to make choices is doing so for their children. Families that don’t have the power, that can’t decide, ‘I’m gonna move from this apartment in downtown whatever to the suburb where I think the school is gonna be better for my child.’ If they don’t have that choice, and they are assigned to that school, they are stuck there. I am fighting for parents who don’t have those choices. We need all parents to have those choices.
STAHL: Why take away money from that school that’s not working, to bring them up to a level where they are — that school is working?
DEVOS: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school — school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems.
STAHL: Okay. But what about the kids who are back at the school that’s not working? What about those kids?
DEVOS: Well, in places where there have been — where there is — a lot of choices that’s been introduced. Florida, for example. Studies show that when there’s a large number of students that opt to go to a different school or different schools, the traditional public schools actually– the results get better, as well.
STAHL: Now, has that happened in Michigan? We’re in Michigan. This is your home state.
DEVOS: Yes, well, there are lots of great options and choices for students here.
STAHL: Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?
DEVOS: I don’t know. Overall, I — I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better.
STAHL: The whole state is not doing well.
DEVOS: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where this — the students are doing well and —
STAHL: No, but your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better, is not working in Michigan, where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.
DEVOS: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.
STAHL: The public schools here are doing worse than they did.
DEVOS: Michigan schools need to do better. There is no doubt about it.
STAHL: Have you seen the really bad schools? Maybe try to figure out what they’re doing?
DEVOS: I have not — I have not — I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.
STAHL: Maybe you should.
DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes.
STAHL: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary?
DEVOS: I’m not so sure exactly how that happened. But I think there are a lot of really powerful forces allied against change.
STAHL: Does it hurt?
DEVOS: Sometimes it does. Sometimes it does. Again, I think — I think —
STAHL: Do you ever say —
DEVOS: — I’m more misunderstood than anything.
STAHL: What happened there [at your confirmation hearing]?
DEVOS: I’ve not had a root canal, but I can imagine that a root canal might be more pleasant than that was.
STAHL: So you’ve been on the job now over a year. What have you done that you’re most proud of?
DEVOS: Yeah. We’ve begun looking at and rolling back a lot of the overreach of the federal government in education.
DEVOS: We are studying that [Obama-era rule seeking to prevent discriminatory discipline in schools]. We need to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. And all students means all students.
STAHL: Yeah but let’s say there’s a disruption in the classroom and a bunch of white kids are disruptive and they get punished, you know, go see the principal. But the black kids are, you know — they call in the cops. I mean, that’s the issue: Who and how the kids who disrupt are being punished.
DEVOS: Arguably, all of these issues or all of this issue comes down to individual kids. And —
STAHL: Well, no. That — it’s not.
DEVOS: — it does come down to individual kids. And — often comes down to — I am committed to making sure that students have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is conducive to their learning.
STAHL: Do you see this disproportion in discipline for the same infraction as institutional racism?
DEVOS: We’re studying it carefully. And are committed to making sure students have the opportunity to learn in safe and nurturing environments.
STAHL: Are you in any way, do you think, suggesting that the number of false accusations is as high as the number of actual rapes or assaults?
DEVOS: Well, one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many.
STAHL: Yeah, but are they the same?
DEVOS: I don’t know. I don’t know. But I’m committed to a process that’s fair for everyone involved.
STAHL: The #MeToo movement has come along at the same time. This is all feeding into it. We’re not talking about colleges anymore. We’re talking about men in positions of power in industry and government. Have you ever had an issue?
DEVOS: I can recall a number of moments in the past — several decades ago that I think today would just be viewed as unacceptable. Yeah.
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Betsy DeVos vs. Student Veterans
As the political makeup of the 116th Congress begins to congeal, the question of what, if anything, this divided government can do together looms. Although there is faint hope of cooperation on most issues, if there is something that could unite President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Mitch McConnell, it should be their promises to protect America’s veterans.
The post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which rewarded returning service members with college funding, first passed under George W. Bush and was unanimously expanded by Congress in 2017 with Mr. Trump’s signature. But the value of veterans’ hard-earned G.I. Bill benefits are being undermined from within the Trump administration. The culprit, unfortunately, is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Despite robust objections from roughly three dozen national veterans and military service organizations, Secretary DeVos elected to eviscerate student protections and quality controls for colleges — particularly those governing the often low-quality, predatory for-profit colleges that target veterans in their marketing schemes.
You’ve probably seen their sort of ads: a young soldier parachuting from a plane in one moment, smiling as he raises his hand in the warm, glossy confines of a for-profit school in the next, then the final shot of the veteran hoisting his degree, hugging his family.
Why are veterans the targets? Because for-profit colleges milk a federal loophole that allows them to count G.I. Bill benefits as private funds, offsetting the 90 percent cap they otherwise face on their access to taxpayer-supported federal student aid. Nearly two dozen state attorneys general has said this accounting gimmick — known as the “90/10 loophole” — “violates the intent of the law.”
Hundreds of for-profit schools are almost entirely dependent on federal revenue, and if the 90/10 loophole were closed, they would be in violation of this federal regulation. Taxpayers, in other words, are largely propping up otherwise failing schools.
In December, a damning Department of Veterans Affairs internal audit estimated the risk of G.I. Bill waste was exceptionally high at for-profit schools, which received over 75 percent of improper G.I. Bill payments. The report highlighted the schools’ deceptive advertising campaigns used to recruit veterans and warned that the government will waste $2.3 billion in improper payments over the next five years if changes are not made to reel in the abuse.
As Holly Petraeus — a former head of service member affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — has written, for-profit colleges have “an incentive to see service members as nothing more than dollar signs in uniform, and to use aggressive marketing to draw them in.”
Overall, by 2017, for-profit colleges had vacuumed up nearly 40 percent of all G.I. Bill tuition and fee payments since the post-9/11 G.I. Bill was introduced. Eight of the 10 schools receiving the most G.I. Bill subsidies since 2009 are for-profit colleges. Six of those 10 have faced government legal action for defrauding students.
The Education Department has the jurisdiction to undercut such fraud — and ample evidence to take action — but it has not. Instead, through several scandalous appointments, Ms. DeVos has largely delegated policymaking and enforcement to members of the for-profit-college industry, who are now her aides.
One senior aide recently worked at the very for-profit chain that just settled with 49 state attorneys general to cough up half a billion dollars for defrauding students. A top deputy worked at the same chain and at a second chain facing multiple government investigations. A third, whom Ms. DeVos hired to run the department’s enforcement unit, disappeared a crop of investigations into his former employer and several other large for-profit colleges. When news reporting brought scrutiny to this corruption, Ms. DeVos simply shifted him to the federal student aid office. The fox is running the henhouse.
Ms. DeVos fought and is now stalling defrauded students’ right to recourse under the Borrower Defense rule, and she eliminated a rule requiring career colleges to prove their graduates can get a job, even after being officially warned by the department’s Office of Inspector General that the rule was necessary to protect taxpayer funds.
This week, Ms. DeVos’s aides will meet in Washington with a panel (many representing for-profit colleges) to push forward proposals that would weaken over half a dozen regulations that govern college quality. Some changes, for instance, could leave students largely learning on their own from self-help YouTube-style videos and allow the companies responsible unfettered access to a spigot of taxpayer funds.
The Education Department’s Office of Inspector General, following the V.A.’s lead, conducted an investigation of Ms. DeVos after she reinstated the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or Acics, which had been discredited. Career civil servants on her own staff had determined that Acids had failed to meet 57 of 93 basic federal quality standards — including its inadequate oversight of the now-defunct, veteran-hungry schools ITT Technical Institutes andCorinthian Colleges. Both were for-profits whose bankruptcies left countless veteran students with deep debt and rubbish degrees.
In a stunning ethical breach, a senior aide to Ms. DeVos fabricated letters of support for Acids from other accreditors, which quickly exposed the lie.
Standing up for veterans, and student veterans should always be a bipartisan issue. So too should protecting taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse. Indeed, Republican presidents like Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush once led fights against the parasitic tendencies of for-profit colleges.
The 49 state attorneys general who banded together last month in a lawsuit to recover $500 million from one for-profit college company were obviously working under both Republican and Democratic governors. In the face of unquestionable evidence, sometimes bipartisanship isn’t so hard. Now it’s Congress’s turn.
Politicians of both stripes speak out for veterans on the campaign trail. It’s time to back up that talk with bipartisan oversight of colleges that seek G.I. Bill funding, bipartisan legislation to close the 90/10 loophole and a bipartisan hearing that puts serious questions to the Education Department’s leadership. The public supports standing up for our military. Congress can start by standing up to Secretary DeVos.