The DeVos family have always been known as major donors to Republican programs and conservative institutions across the U.S., but when it comes to education reform Dick and Betsy DeVos have impressed me with their ability to cross party lines to make sure children across the nation have the best possible start in life. In an interview I read with Betsy DeVos in Philanthropy Roundtable I found the work this married couple have completed has taken them across the U.S. from their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan to become two of the most important campaigners in the history of school choice and voucher systems; the couple have worked with politicians from different backgrounds across the nation to come up with many different ways to make sure parents knew all of their options. I was impressed to discover Dick and Betsy DeVos had helped develop a bipartisan political group in the state of Louisiana to work on school vouchers; I was impressed to discover Dick DeVos worked closely with religious and community leaders to make sure the short window available for school choice was made known to as many parents in the state as possible.
In the course of reading about the work completed by Dick DeVos on Wikipedia I discovered Dick is himself the product of a public school education, which I believe has helped to transform the way he looks at educational reform in general. An area of the philanthropic work of Dick DeVos I have been most impressed by is his decision to push forward the cause of charter schools in Michigan and across the nation, which are free from tuition fees and are provided free of charge to all students; DeVos has developed his own West Michigan Aviation Academy to allow students with an interest in flying to focus on this area of their studies. In providing the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan with the best choices in education Dick DeVos has affected one part of everyday life for the people of the state, but his work with the Grand Rapids Grand Action project has made further improvements for the people of the state; the Grand Rapids plan worked on by Dick DeVos has been, in my own opinion, a success with new college campuses, arts centers, and hotel facilities created in the city.