Betsy De Vos knows nothing about public education but she did drop $9.5 million dollars into Trumps presidential campaign.
Betsy was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, as well as a golden pair of shoes. De Vos was born Elisabeth Prince on January 8, 1958. She grew up in Holland, Michigan, the daughter of Elsa (Zwiep) Prince (later, Broekhuizen) and Edgar Prince, an industrialist of Dutch ancestry. Edgar was the founder of Prince Corporation, an automobile parts supplier based in Holland, Michigan, which at one time employed almost one-quarter of the town’s population. Betsy later married into the De Vos family. Her father-in-law was the founder of Amway.
De Vos is from Michigan where 80 percent of charter schools score below the state average. In other words, charter schools of Michigan operate at a lower level of quality than the public schools do.
DeVos actively fought against a state rule that would have forced higher standards on Michigan’s charter schools. So we know De Vos is a champion of educational mediocrity.
Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press writes,
“In Detroit, parents of school-age children have plenty of choices, thanks to the nation’s largest urban network of charter schools.
What remains in short supply is quality.
In Brightmoor, the only high school left is Detroit Community Schools, a charter boasting more than a decade of abysmal test scores and, until recently, a superintendent who earned $130,000 a year despite a dearth of educational experience or credentials.
On the west side, another charter school, Hope Academy, has been serving the community around Grand River and Livernois for 20 years. Its test scores have been among the lowest in the state throughout those two decades; in 2013 the school ranked in the first percentile, the absolute bottom for academic performance. Two years later, its charter was renewed.”
Henderson goes on and on about the mediocrity of Michigan’s charter schools. You can read the story here.
Betsy De Vos clearly represents a choice between profit or quality. The lower the quality of Michigan’s charter schools, the higher the profits. So we know where Trump stands of educational policy by his choice of De Vos.
If you wanted to be a member of Trump’s cabinet, those with experience and talent in their positions need not have applied.