Betsy DeVos has always been a reformer in the field of education. While many people are familiar with her due to her confirmation as Secretary of Education of the United States, she has been known in Michigan for a long time due to her philanthropy and dedication to improving the state. She grew up in Holland, Michigan, which is the home of a large Dutch community that influenced the way she sees education. In her hometown, many people support educational choice, which has to do with giving every American family the opportunity to send their kids to a school they choose. Unfortunately, in today’s American society, many families cannot afford to send their children to a school they deem safe and a good environment for them to learn in.
Betsy DeVos learned this many years ago when her husband, Dick DeVos, and herself paid a visit to Potter’s House Christian School. She was taken in by the loving and encouraging environment at the school and was saddened to hear that many of the families that sent their kids their had to struggle financially to do so. This was just one of the many events that occurred in her life, which motivated her to start donating large amounts of money to help pay the tuition of kids wanting to attend the school. She went on to continue to donate money to these kinds of causes and has also played a large part in educational reform and legislation that helps to steer public funds to pay for the tuitions of kids who attend private or charter schools.
Betsy DeVos relies on her determination and will to continue working on causes she believes in. Residents from Michigan know her as a tough, steely, dedicated woman who doesn’t back down from opponents. She has served Michigan as the chairman for the Michigan Republican Party and also supported her husband when he ran for Governor of the state. Her philanthropic efforts are achieved through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, and she serves Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center as a member of their, respective, boards. She is also the chairman of the American Federation for Children as well as the Alliance for School Choice and has donated millions of dollars to the educational choice movement. When you look at the successes of the movement in the United States, you are also looking at the success of the woman who has been a large contributing factor to it.
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