Betsy DeVos has always been a reformer. Even during her time at Calvin College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics, she was busy with the politics that went on at the campus. She served as the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years and has always remained active in political matters by putting together campaigns and political action committees. Always seeking to find the answers to social issues that plague the day, she remains committed to her businesses and other political matters, also seeks to improve the world through investments in clean energy, technology, and manufacturing as Chairman of the Windquest Group.
Betsy DeVos also looks for reformation opportunities as a philanthropist who works with a variety of charitable organizations through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which she is the Chairman of. Along with her own charitable organization, she sits on a spread of local and national boards, such as, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. She also works to change the way that the educational system of the United States functions by supporting initiatives that will allow families to choose the school that their children go to through a voucher program paid for by the public.
When asked about how she feels about the progress she has made on the voucher program, Betsy DeVos answered that she is very optimistic. She was quick to point out that close to 250,000 students are benefiting from private-choice programs that are being funded by the public. The truth is that just a year ago there were 40,000 less students in the educational programs of their families’ choosing, but now there are new educational programs sprouting up all over the United States that run on voucher programs. DeVos remarked that her interest in the school voucher system gradually built up over the years, and a lot of her desire to see a change has come from speaking with parents who just want to ensure that their children have a safe and stable learning environment where they can thrive.
When asked about her biggest successes, Betsy DeVos pointed to Florida and spoke about how the tax-credit scholarship program there was helping the state to offer educational choice to its residents. She indicated that there are more than 50,000 children who are going to the school of their family’s desire and went on further to say that the state would be perfect for a case study. She believes that these kinds of programs need support along the way so that there is less opposition to them, and she also mentioned Indiana and Louisiana as two other states that have passed programs that could benefit close to a million students on a yearly basis.
Betsy DeVos is now the Secretary of Education for the United States, and she plans on continuing her mission to give more families the choice as to where their children will attend school.
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