There is no questioning the fact Dick and Betsy DeVos generate an ample amount of curiosity as well as attention for their sizeable contributions to different groups that work in politics. Dick DeVos is the husband of the new Secretary of Education appointed by Donald Trump: Betsy DeVos. In the DeVos family, the husband, Dick, is also none other than Richard DeVos’ son, founder of the private sales company Amway and Dick DeVos also has the 88th most substantial American fortune according to Forbes, with 5.4 billion dollars.
Dick DeVos founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This school is a charter school. In 2010, Betsy DeVos worked together with Dick DeVos, and they also created the American Federation for Children, which she ran until 2016 and through which she promoted charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded private schools. Asked by a Democratic senator during the confirmation hearing, the soon-to-be Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refused to make a clear commitment not to cut the public education budget or to privatize public schools.
Senators listened to Betsy DeVos at her confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. The new Secretary of Education did not give much detail on her roadmap, but it is clear that she has gained much experience from working with Dick DeVos to found the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The reason why Dick and Betsy DeVos support the founding of charter schools is that they want to give parents a choice in education. Remember, Betsy DeVos, as Secretary of Education, has the responsibility to try to determine how to improve America’s educational system.
Dick DeVos is actually at the present moment the chief executive officer of his very own company, The Windquest Group. The Windquest Group is a business based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Windquest firm controls many other companies, such as an organization called Boxed Water is Better, the Coppercraft Distillery, along with the Stow Company. An aircraft pilot as well as a self-described aircraft nerd, Dick DeVos did not possess much expertise working with commercial airlines at the time he was requested to put in place a plan to take control and deliver Southwest flights to the Grand Rapids’ airport.
The Grand Rapids’ airport has a problem in that the flights that are departing from this airport are a great deal more expensive than the flights that depart from neighboring airports. Therefore, anyone who wants to fly out of the Grand Rapids’ airport has to pay a premium to be able to board their plane from Grand Rapids rather than another airport nearby. Dick DeVos has also worked to raise funding for many different civic constructions that were built in the downtown Grand Rapids area.
When it came time to raise this funding, Dick DeVos managed to obtain upwards of 130 million dollars for these buildings. Therefore, Dick DeVos has the experience needed to be able to work together with others to acquire funding for projects built in the Grand Rapids area.
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