As Betsy DeVos begins to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States, many have wondered who she is and what she has done. This is not a question that Michigan natives need to ask, because they are already familiar with the woman who has helped to improve their state in so many ways. Mrs. DeVos is a philanthropist and educational reformer, and while not everyone agrees with her points of view, they do respect her as a good woman who follows her heart and tries to do the right things. When she began her bid to become the Secretary of Education for the U.S.A., she decided to open up her books and reveal her giving. When this happened, many people got to see that her husband, Dick DeVos, and herself have donated more than $139 million to charitable causes over their lives.
Betsy DeVos has donated to many different causes, but one of her favorite causes has always been education. Since her younger days, she has worked to see educational reform in the United States and has been especially vocal about hoping to see public funds cover the tuition of charter and private schools. She feels that it is ridiculous, in this day and age, that children are being forced to attend a particular school based solely on the zip code of where their home is located. This forces parents to send their kids of to sub-par schools sometimes where their kids have a hard time learning or there is violence. While there may be charter or private schools in many areas in the United States, the majority of families can’t afford to send their kids to them because of their income.
Betsy DeVos knows that she was lucky to grow up in a wealthy family that was able to send her to private schools for all of her young life. She also attended the private Christian college, Calvin College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics. This doesn’t mean she has never seen the families who are effected by not being able to afford to send their kids to charter or private schools. It is for these people that she fights, and she has made a lot of progress over the years. There are close to a quarter of a million kids now who are in publicly funded, private-choice programs and that number is growing at a rapid pace. Back in 2011, she was happy to see that Indiana passed a voucher program that in its second year enrolled close to 10,000 kids. Other states have done the same, and she expects this trend to continue in the future.
Betsy DeVos was asked about digital learning in a recent interview, and she commented that she believes that digital learning can completely support charter and private schools. She also believes that it is having an effect on the minds of people that were closed down to educational choice. They are beginning to understand that kids do not need to go to a specific building to get an education. She believes this is one good step in the right direction.
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