How Betsy DeVos and her money has shaped education in Michigan - 2016-11-29
The Great Lakes Education Project, a charter school advocacy group founded by DeVos and her husband Dick, was at the front and center of that battle. GLEP opposed a provision in the legislation that would have prevented low-performing charter schools from opening in the city and would have ensured that new schools are placed in underserved areas. That provision ultimately did not make it into the final deal.
The DeVos' impact on the DPS legislation was widely discussed, including in a piece by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Over the last decade, the DeVos family gave "at least $6.1 million directly to the Michigan Republican Party, about $752,200 to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee and about $1.1 million to the House Republican Campaign Committee," according to the nonpartisan group.