[155] According to The New York Times, it "is hard to find anyone more passionate about the idea of steering public dollars away from traditional public schools than Betsy DeVos". [3][4] In an interview that year, she also said that "changing the way we approach ... the system of education in the country ... really may have greater Kingdom gain in the long run". [114], In March 2018, DeVos announced a School Safety Commission, to provide meaningful and actionable recommendations. This includes issues such as faithfully implementing regulations even as they are being rewritten, conducting robust reviews of accreditation agencies, and properly running the first round of public service loan forgiveness. [109][110][111][112], In October 2017, DeVos revoked 72 guidance documents of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services which outlined the rights of disabled students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act. She volunteered for President Derald R. Ford in 1976 and served on the Michigan Republican National Committee from 1992 to 1998. Damage ensued, WHY DOES BETSY DEVOS'S FAMILY YACHT FLY A FOREIGN FLAG? [164] She has chaired the boards of Choices for Children, and Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP). [87], 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". [97], On June 6, 2017, DeVos said states' rights would determine private schools being allocated funds by the federal government during an appearance before members of a House appropriations committee. She has advocated for the Detroit charter school system and she is a former member of the board of the Foundation for Excell… [165], DeVos was chair of the American Federation for Children (AFC). [162][163], Her other activities on behalf of public-school reform have included membership on the boards of directors of the Advocates for School Choice, the American Education Reform Council, and the Education Freedom Fund. Dick DeVos is a major donor to conservative political campaigns and social causes,[179][180][181] and was the 2006 Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan. [130], The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was launched in 1989. [60][61] On January 17, 2017 the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held the hearing, which lasted three-and-one-half hours and "quickly became a heated and partisan debate". 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According to Harris, she designed a system with no oversight in which schools that do poorly can continue to enroll students. According to DeVos's 2018 financial disclosure form certified by the Office of Government Ethics on December 3, 2018,[125] she had not divested from twenty-four assets required under her signed ethics agreement[126] nearly 22 months after being confirmed in February 2017. [86], In April 2017, DeVos named Candice Jackson Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department's Office for Civil Rights, where she will be acting Assistant Secretary while that higher, Senate-confirmed appointment is vacant. The largest is a $3.9 billion hit to the rainy day fund for the Pell Grant program, which had been built up over time by earlier cuts to the student aid programs. Number potentially affected: At least 6 million borrowers a year and $143 billion in cuts over 10 years. [22][150] Rick works for the Windquest Group[183] as a consultant on urban development, and is the founder of Grand Rapids' ArtPrize festival. It also cuts another $76 billion by creating one plan for new borrowers to pay their loans based on their income. [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". [53], On November 23, 2016, Trump's transition team announced DeVos as the nominee to be the next Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos. [105], On June 2, 2017, DeVos announced her support of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement the prior day. [159][160] DeVos was not named in the case. [135], The DeVos Foundation has donated to hospitals, health research, arts organizations, Christian schools, evangelical missions, and conservative, free-market think tanks. [33] DeVos resigned the position in 2000. Is there any situation? [72] DeVos's nomination was supported by 18 Republican governors, including John Kasich and Rick Snyder, along with the nine Republican members of Congress from Michigan. [54], Former presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney respectively called DeVos an "outstanding pick" and a "smart choice". 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