Betsy DeVos was raised in Holland, Michigan, and her beliefs and ideas about the world were influenced by the Dutch community that called the town their home. She attended Calvin College, which is a private Christian college, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics during her time there. Over the years, DeVos has been a part of various movements that seek to reform the educational system of the United States. She has also been a part of the government in Michigan and served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years.
Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist, and she helped to create the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation has donated large sums of money to charitable organizations for many years and continues to support the arts and culture, various communities in Michigan, and the educational sector. In 2015, the foundation donated more than $3 million to various educational nonprofits. This accounted for 26 percent of its total donations for the year.
Betsy DeVos doesn’t focus solely on trying to fix the educational system in the U.S. through monetary donations. She has also dedicated large amounts of her time to the educational choice movement. DeVos feels that her nation’s school system is failing its students, and she has been working with politicians and lawmakers from many U.S. states to change this. She was recently interviewed and asked to offer her opinion about how the educational choice movement has been faring in recent years. She commented that there are now close to a quarter million students who are able to attend charter or private schools thanks to the movement.
Betsy DeVos has continued to point to Florida as an example for how the educational system can benefit when legislation is passed that supports a state’s students. She recently commented that the state now has 50,000 students who are able to attend a school that their family approves of. She gave John Kirtley a lot of credit for leading efforts to improve the school system in Florida and has visited the state on more than one occasion to show support for its charter schools. DeVos has also indicated that there are a spread of other states in the nation that have honored their students by passing legislation that helps the poorest among them. Some of these states include Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Mississippi.
Looking into the future, Betsy DeVos hopes that people will begin to see the benefits of the educational choice movement. She also believes it is about time that students are able to attend a school based on something other than the zip code of where their home is located. She plans to continue to work hard for every student in her nation.
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