That being the case let's have a look at some of Mrs. DeVos' thoughs on our American educational system and what we have to look forward to once she has taken over her post.
• DeVos once compared her work in education reform to a biblical battleground.
• DeVos has personally spent millions to promote the use of taxpayer dollars on private and religious schools. She and her husband even backed a Michigan ballot initiative that would have changed the state’s constitution to allow public money to be spent on those private and religious schools.
• DeVos has said she wants to use the educational system to "advance God's Kingdom".
• DeVos has also publicly lamented that public schools have “displaced” the Church as the center of communities and cited "school choice" as a way to reverse that troubling trend.
• DeVos is a harsh critic of the traditional education system, which she calls a “monopoly” and a “dead end” but has said that she doesn’t want to destroy public education but does want to inject "competition".
• DeVos’ husband, Dick, promoted the teaching of anti-evolution “intelligent design” creationism during his unsuccessful run for governor of Michigan in 2006.
• DeVos has described her efforts in educational reform, using the biblical term “Shephelah,” an area where battles (including between David and Goliath) were fought in the Old Testament
• DeVos has poured millions into school choice efforts through a variety of groups including the "American Federation for Children" and "All Children Matter" and made contributions to voucher-friendly state lawmakers and pushed statewide ballot measures for school vouchers.
Quite a litany.
Rob Boston, a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State has referred to DeVos as a..
“four-star general in a deceptive behind-the-scenes war on public schools and church-state separation. People support school vouchers for different reasons. Some make a free-market argument because they are opposed to public schooling. Others want to prop up sectarian teachings with taxpayer money,”
But not to worry.
Rev. Robert A. Sirico, head of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (they are presently having a 50% off Christmas sale!), who described himself as a close friend, has vouched for DeVos and her husband saying...
“Dick and Betsy are not radical fundamentalist, 'in the hills' kind of people. They’re not the kind of people who want to force their beliefs down anybody’s throat.”
So there's that.
But then there's this...
The Devos family also has a long history of supporting anti-gay causes including donating hundreds of thousands to "Focus on the Family", a conservative Christian organization that supports so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation.
And in closing an interesting bit of trivia! Betsy's brother is none other than Erik Dean Prince who is best known for founding the government services and security company Blackwater USA. The Company was famously sued for the "Blackwater Baghdad shootings" in 2007 by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of an injured Iraqi and the families of three of the 17 Iraqis killed by Blackwater employees. The company was also sued for defrauding the federal government of money when billing it for work in Iraq and Afghanistan and in August 2012 paid $7.5 million in fines.