Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist, supporter of freedom of educational choice, and the Secretary of Education for the United States. She has always worked to support families and parents in America through the positions she has taken, and continues to take, regarding the way the American school system works. Instead of being forced to send children to a school solely based on the zip code of where the child lives, she would like it so that parents and kids have more choices where to attend school. A large part of her fight has been to get lawmakers to pass laws that allow public funds to pay for private schools and charter schools.
Betsy DeVos, herself, attended Holland Christian High School during her earlier years, which is a private school that is located in Holland, Michigan. She went on to graduate from Calvin College, a private Christian college located in the city of Grand Rapids, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics while there. She also became very involved with the politics on the campus. After having a family of her own later on and putting them into private schools and charter schools, she realized that not everyone could afford to do so themselves. She found this a terrible injustice and decided to begin her uphill battle to secure this opportunity for every family in America.
As a generous philanthropist, Betsy DeVos is following in the footsteps of her family and her husband’s family by donating a lot of her own fortune to charitable causes and organizations. She also helped to startup the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which she is the Chairman of. She also serves on various local and national boards, and some of these include Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. To support the cause of educational choice, she also sits as Chairman of the Alliance for School Choice as well as the American Federation for Children.
Betsy DeVos was asked in an interview how she feels about the progress she has made to put educational choice into the hands of parents, she remarked that is very optimistic. She went on to point out some convincing statistics, and one of these was the fact that a quarter of a million children are in private-choice educational programs that are publicly funded. This is occurring in 17 different states, and the number of kids in these types of programs is increasing. In fact, there were 40,000 new children who were able to enjoy the benefits of these programs in 2012. More and more states are joining the ranks every day, and she is very happy to see that the idea is taking hold all over the nation.
Betsy DeVos is now hoping to improve the school system of the United States during her time as the Secretary of Education for the country. It is her goal to make America a place where freedom of educational choice the right of every family.
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