Betsy DeVos has a very optimistic view regarding the future of the school system in the United States. She has served in many different leadership roles in various organizations that have stood up for the educational rights of people in the country and is known for her no-nonsense attitude and dedication. DeVos was recently interviewed and asked to talk about the progress that the educational choice movement has made over the years. She commented that there are thousands of new students enjoying the benefits of private-choice programs every year.
Betsy DeVos also recently revealed that she first became interested in helping out with the school system in the U.S. after discovering how imbalanced it was. In her younger days, she visited Potter’s House Christian School and was disappointed when she found out that many families were making huge financial sacrifices to send their kids there. The school is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and serves low-income families in the region. It pained her to see so many families struggling to pay the tuition fees when this was not a problem for her family.
After her visit to the school, Betsy DeVos began to help out by paying the fees for some of the children who went to the school. She soon realized that she could have more impact by focusing on supporting politicians who would fight to push educational choice legislation through. Her husband, Dick DeVos, also joined her and ran to serve the State Board of Education in Michigan. DeVos got to work by setting up a foundation that offered scholarships to poor families who needed help with tuition fees.
Since then, Betsy DeVos has served in many different roles to help better America’s educational system. Today, she continues to work with the American Federation for Children as its chairman. She is also a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Kids Hope USA. DeVos also serves her country’s educational sector by donating money to many different educational nonprofits. The books of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation were recently opened up, which revealed that she had been a part of donating more than $3 million to educational causes in 2015.
Betsy DeVos was raised in Holland, Michigan, and she worked with her father, Edgar Prince, in his auto parts store as a youngster. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics after attending Calvin College. She fell in love with her husband, Dick, during her college days, and together, they have made huge improvements to Michigan’s school system. DeVos supports private schools, charter schools, homeschooling, and digital learning in hopes that her efforts will help to change the minds of people who are living in the school system of the past.
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