Many people believe that the American school system needs an overhaul, and Betsy DeVos is one of these people. She has supported many different charitable organizations as well as educational movements that aim to make a change from the inside out. Through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, she has donated millions of dollars to educational reform, charitable causes in the sector, and specific charter schools that needed all of the help they could get. In 2015, her charitable organization donated more than $12 million to various charities. Twenty six percent of her foundation’s total giving for the year was dedicated to the educational sector.
While Betsy DeVos is seen as a woman who is ahead of her time by many, she considers herself to be someone who is just doing what she thinks is right. Educational choice has been her main focus for many years, and she has been able to make plenty of progress as a leader within the movement. Today, hundreds of thousands of students are attending a school of their family’s choosing thanks to her hard work. It is her belief that every single student in America should be able to attend a school their family approves of. This is counter to the way that the country’s current educational system works, and this is something she desperately wants to change.
Betsy DeVos has been very vocal about her beliefs and has worked to expand charter schools in more than one U.S. state. She made a lot of progress in Michigan and has also worked with the state of Florida where new laws have given students the chance to attend private and charter schools. Most of these students would have been forced to attend a public school that was chosen for them based on the zip code of where they live. Instead, their families can now rest easier knowing their children are in a school they want them to be in.
While Betsy DeVos has mainly been focused on expanding charter schools and private schools, she approves of many different forms of education. She believes the current school system in the U.S. is hopelessly outdated and hopes more people will join her fight to bring it into the future. She recently commented that technology is beginning to open people’s eyes up to the fact that we are living in an age where students don’t need to show up at a specific building to receive their education. DeVos sees digital learning as a completely valid way of educating the students of today. She is also open to homeschooling and blended learning, which are other forms of education that help to put the power back into the hands of parents.
Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. She now lives in Grand Rapids and continues to help improve the city with her husband Dick DeVos. As a billionaire, she could have easily retired many years ago. Instead, she has continued to fight for those who would not have a voice without her.
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