Betsy DeVos is a Michigan native who has always faced opposition when trying to implement her ideas. By the way her political opponents make her sound, you would think that her goals are counter to the regular goals of everyday Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth. DeVos has dedicated herself to pursuing equal educational opportunities for every citizen in the United States. As it is, now, many Americans are forced to attend a failing public school system where violence and poor funding rule the day. In order to change this, DeVos has been working behind the scenes to change laws and minds.
As a philanthropist, Betsy DeVos has donated millions of dollars of her own money towards educational measures and organizations that support her way of thinking. These same organizations work to provide low income people with the same opportunities that wealthy people have. While DeVos grew up in a wealthy family, she has never been at peace with the fact that most children in the U.S.A. must attend a school based solely on the zip code of where their home is located. In Michigan and many other states, she has worked tirelessly to pass legislation that will change this.
In 2017, Betsy DeVos opened up the books of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation so people could take a closer look at where her money has been going. This was done because she was on the cusp of being chosen as the Secretary of Education for the United States. While she has received criticism from her opposition about how much money she has donated to Republican causes and the party itself, when she opened up the books of her charitable organization, it was revealed that she donates a much larger amount to charity.
Betsy DeVos is a forward-thinker who believes that digital learning is just getting started and that it will be advancing much more as the years go by. She believes that the public school system is slowly becoming outdated as it requires children to show up to a specific building to receive their education. She recently expressed her disappointment in an educational system that is not recognizing the strength of digital learning and remarked in an interview that it must be difficult for children to have access to digital learning at home and then be forced to do things in an outdated way at school.
Betsy DeVos also believes that homeschooling, charter schools, and private schools all offer valid ways of educating America’s youth. It is her hope that new legislation will support American families so they can send their kids to a school of their choice. As it stands, many families can’t even begin to think about paying the costs of tuition for many private and charter schools. DeVos works every day to change this, and she continues to make progress along these lines.
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