All About Betsy Devos

Betsy Devos has spent a lifetime advocating for better education for kids in challenging circumstances. She started with hands on experience and spent over five years as an advocate for at risk youth in the Grand Rapids, Michigan School District. She later went on to lead in a number of charitable organizations dedicated to helping in education. Starting with her own church, the Mars Hill Bible Church, then, at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and The Kendall College of Art And Design. These experiences formed her basic philosophy that education and curriculum decisions are best solved at a local level.


Betsy garnered much attention to her cause through her activism and ties to the Republican party. She was active in her local chapter and was elected as a delegate, a position she held for 16 consecutive terms. She was eventually voted in as the Republican National Committee Chairwoman for six years, and from there, was elected the Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman. This was a position that she resigned from, only to run again unopposed and win her position again. During the periods of time that she wasn’t serving as an elected leader, she was very vocal in supporting charter schools and vouchers that allow students who would not normally be able to afford it to attend private schools.


Devos is a native of Michigan the daughter of Edgar Prince, on of Michigan’s most successful automotive industrialists. In addition to her father’s legacy, her brother, an ex navy seal, formed Blackwater USA, a worldwide security agency. She grew up to get a bachelor’s degree and join the corporate world as Chairwoman of The WindQuest Group, an investment management company. She married Dick Devos, the former chairman of Amway international. She is also the daughter -in-law of Richard Devos, the founder of Amway. Richard and Betsy are the parents of four, fully grown children.


Betsy Devos was confirmed as Secretary of Education on Nov 7, 2017. She was nominated by President Trump in a highly partisan atmosphere, which led to the first ever split vote on a nominee. For the first time ever, the vice president was called in to cast the tie-breaking vote to garner the political win and get Betsy Devos to lead the Dept. of Education.


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Success Academy – Foundation of Charter School Movement

The Success Academy is really making great strides. They have won a prestigious award, and they are starting an online platform that provides their literacy curriculum ranging from kindergarten to the fourth grade.


They won the 2017 Broad Prize from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. They were one of three finalists.


The Foundation of the Charter School Movement


With Success Academy’s online platform, it reaches the heart of the matter that is the founding principles of the charter school movement over 25 years ago. The founding principle of the charter school network is to use approaches to education and share the learned lessons with the community of broader education. Their focus has also been on improving student literacy which is the foundation of their success.


More Details about the New Online Platform


Their new site consists of planning templates, how to videos, specific lesson plans, and book recommendations. The lesson plans are presented step by step, and they are started with the THINK Literacy curriculum of the network. Additionally, the Education Institute is made to house the Success Academy curricula eventually in math, humanities, and science.


Teachers will be introduced throughout the country to the their mantra. They are also planning to open a facility for teacher training in the fall at the Hudson Yards in Manhattan. They will also be a students’ lab school ranging from kindergarten through the eighth grade at the Hudson Yards in the fall. Also, around 15,000 educators throughout the country have already received emails promoting this new online platform.


The Current Demographics of Success Academy


Out of 14,000 students, 76 percent of them come from low income households. Also, 93 percent of their students are Hispanic or African-American. On the other hand, their elementary and middle level schools ranked among the the highest 10 percent of campuses throughout the state for English, science, and math tests last year.