Betsy DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan, which is a city that was full of residents who had strong beliefs about the educational system in their home state. Growing up in the city influenced her thinking in a deep way, and she has continued to fight for the beliefs she picked up during her earlier years. DeVos believes students in the United States should be able to attend any school their family chooses for them. She has been disappointed by her nation’s public school system and has worked hard to help give students more educational options.
Betsy DeVos has commented that it isn’t her intention to work towards doing away with the public school system. Instead, she has been fighting to help expand the role of charter schools in Michigan and the rest of the U.S. She helped to pass legislation in Michigan that is now supporting students by covering their tuition costs into private schools and charter schools. DeVos has also worked with politicians in Florida in order to help pass legislation in the state that is doing the same.
While Betsy DeVos has been a very vocal supporter of educational choice, she has done a lot more than just donate her time to the movement. She has also donated millions of dollars over the years to educational reform and other educational causes. Before being able to be considered to serve as her nation’s educational secretary, she had to reveal the inner workings of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. After opening up the books of the foundation, it was revealed that it donated a bit over $3 million to educational non profits and causes in 2015. She has also personally paid the tuition fees of students whose families couldn’t afford to send their kids to Potter’s House Christian School.
Betsy DeVos attended Calvin College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics there. Calvin College is a private Christian college, and her interest in politics grew while she studied at the school. During her high school years, she studied at a private Christian school, and she now wants students in the USA to have the same opportunities as she has. There are many politicians who run their mouths about what and what they will not work towards accomplishing. Many of these same politicians never seem to get anything done. DeVos has always been a bird of a different feather who has been able to get a lot done in the educational sector in the U.S.
Betsy DeVos founded the Great lakes Education Project during the early 2000s. The group focused on supporting educational reform by helping to expand charter schools in Michigan. DeVos continues to work with other educational groups and non profits who hope to better the school system in her country. She is the chairman of the American Federation for Children and also serves as a member of Kids Hope USA. DeVos believes that every student has the right to a quality education, and this is what she has pledged to continue to fight for.
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