Betsy DeVos is a hard working American businesswoman who wants to see an improved educational system in the United States. She has been focused on supporting the expansion of charter schools in Michigan and many other U.S. states for years and believes they are a good alternative to a failing public school system. DeVos has been very clear that she doesn’t want to shut America’s public school system down but that she just wants to give families in the country more educational choices. For over three decades, she has been a leader in the school choice movement and has started up multiple political action committees and educational organizations that fight for equal educational opportunities for families in her nation.
Betsy DeVos served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years. She also supported her husband’s political campaign when he ran to serve as the governor of Michigan. Unfortunately, he lost his political bid to Jennifer Granholm, the Democrat incumbent at the time. Today, DeVos works with the Windquest Group as its chairman. The company is in business to invest in clean energy, manufacturing, and the technology sector. She has also been working with her own charitable foundation the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation for many years. The foundation has donated millions of dollars to various charities over the years including many charitable causes that focus on educational reform.
Betsy DeVos studied at a private Christian high school in Holland, Michigan and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics at Calvin College. Her interest in politics grew greatly while she studied at the college, and she began to serve in various political positions in Michigan after she received her degree. Today, DeVos is serving with Kids Hope USA, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, and the American Federation for Children in various positions.
Betsy DeVos believes that the school system in the United States has a lot of room to grow. It is her hope that she can help to pass legislation that will benefit some of the nation’s poorest families. She has already succeeded at doing so in Michigan and has supported a movement in Louisiana that was also successful. As a nation of laws, she believes the best chance for change starts with approving of educational measures that help to cover the costs of tuition into charter and private schools.
Betsy DeVos recently stepped outside of her comfort zone when she traveled to Florida to make a public appearance with the rapper Pitbull. She visited one of the three charter schools he founded in the state to show her support. While DeVos definitely doesn’t approve of Pitbull’s rap music, she does believe in working with others who believe in the benefits of charter schools.
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