Most American children attend a specific school based on the zip code of where their home is located. This is the way it has been for many years, but this isn’t the way it always has to be according to Betsy DeVos. As the Secretary of Education for the U.S., she is interested in helping American families to have more educational options. The public school system is funded by the American taxpayer, but according to Mrs. DeVos, that system is failing the children of the nation. She has been working to pass more legislation that allows public funds to be used to pay for the tuition of kids who attend private or charter schools.
Betsy DeVos has always been a supporter of educational choice, which is a system that would help American families to be able to afford to send their kids to a school that they approve of. She was first motivated to help support the movement when her husband, Dick DeVos, and herself visited Potter’s House Christian School. The school has existed for more than three decades and continues to serve economically challenged families in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. There, she met families who were working as hard as they could to barely be able to afford to pay the tuition of the school. The reason they were doing so was because the school was safe and it provided a good learning environment for their kids.
Betsy DeVos grew up in a wealthy family, and she ended up marrying a billionaire. She knew she could send her kids to any school she wanted, but it bothered her to her core that these nice families could not do the same. This inspired her to begin paying for the tuition of some of the children who went to Potter’s House Christian School. Today, she continues to support Potter’s House through large donations. On top of this, she donates large sums of her own money to other educational causes through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation. It was recently revealed that close to a quarter of the money that the foundation doles out goes to charitable causes that benefit the educational sector.
Betsy DeVos has also put together a foundation that offers low-income families scholarships. These allow them to place their kid in any school they want. While she has been happy to help out this way, she realizes that the problem needs to be addressed on a larger scale. For this reason, she has been working to change the minds of the people in the United States and the laws that are keeping the educational system from advancing. In Florida, and many other states, huge steps have been made, and many kids are enjoying the new educational freedoms they have thanks to people like Betsy DeVos.
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