Betsy DeVos is a conservative Christian who attended Calvin College when she was younger. It was there that she became interested in politics by becoming involved with the politics on the campus. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics in the process and has continued to be a part of political action committees and other organizations that work to improve the state of Michigan.
Betsy DeVos served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years and also helped to pass laws that improved the state’s educational sector. DeVos is also the chairman of the Windquest group, which invests in clean energy, technology, and the manufacturing sector. Her passion as a leader in the educational choice movement has prompted her to continue to work with the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children as the group’s chairman.
As a philanthropist, DeVos continues to serve as the chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. It was recently revealed that she has donated large amounts of money to educational causes through the foundation. In 2015, over 25% of her charitable donations went to the educational sector, and she is hoping this will go directly to help families in the United States who need it the most.
Betsy DeVos is a champion for the educational choice movement, which works to give American families equal opportunities in regard to where they can choose to send their children to receive an education. As it stands, many families in the U.S. are bound to a public school system, which many believe is failing their children. Educational choice allows low income families to have the same educational options as wealthier families by diverting public funds so they can be used to pay for the costs of charter and private schools.
Betsy DeVos commented in a recent interview about her optimism related to the progress the educational choice movement is making. She is happy about the fact that there are more than 250,000 students who are being served by private-choice programs and is also happy that many states are beginning to join in with the movement. In the same interview, she spoke about how states like Virginia, New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Mississippi are making huge strides towards educational choice. She also revealed that educational choice programs are very popular in the Latino community.
Betsy DeVos would like to see more schools implement digital learning strategies. She believes that while digital learning is in its early phases, it can go a long way towards reaching the younger generation. More and more children are quickly learning how to access educational materials through their iPads and other devices, and she believes it would be foolish to not embrace the possibilities that modern technology can offer them. DeVos is also a fan of homeschooling and feels that it is a perfectly reasonable way of education part of the younger generation. In the end, Betsy DeVos is all about putting educational choice back into the hands of American parents.
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