Betsy DeVos entered the national spotlight when she was appointed to be a part of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. However, before she was picked to lead the Department of Education, she spent many years advocating for education reform in the state of Michigan. She says that her quest for such reform started when she and her husband visited the Potter’s House Christian School.
She Saw Parents Trying to Help Their Children
One of the main takeaways from the visit for DeVos was that parents who didn’t necessarily have the resources that she did were opting to send their kids to a private school. In her opinion, it was an attempt to help them obtain a safe place to learn and grow. Eventually, she decided to start helping those parents with tuition and other costs associated with attending a private school. From there, she decided that she would lead the effort to make sure that every parent had a chance to choose where his or her child went to school.
Her Husband Took Action as Well
Dick DeVos started a 527 committee called All Children Matter that was designed to help every child get a quality education regardless of cost. That would later become the American Federation for Children (AFC). The group sought to meet its goals by identifying individuals who agreed with their vision and then working to get those people elected. While there has been some resistance to their efforts in Michigan, the AFC has had success in Florida and other states.
Over a Million Students Have Been Helped
According to Betsy DeVos, over one million students have taken part in school choice programs in Louisiana and Indiana. This is in addition to the 50,000 students she says have taken part in the Florida program that is funded through various tax credits.
More Information About Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos has donated about $139 million to various causes in conjunction with her husband Dick. Overall, she and her family have given over $1 billion to charities, which is roughly 25 percent of the DeVos family fortune. In 2015, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $11.6 million.
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