Betsy DeVos was recently confirmed as the Secretary of Education of the United States, and while she won a narrow decision, she is now ready to get to work for the people of the country. For Mrs. DeVos, her position means that she will possible have more influence in the ways that has hoped to for many years. While others have worked on this or that cause and have changed their minds on important matters, she has remained a stable, steely, and dedicated person who has devoted a large part of her life to fighting to see American families get equal educational opportunities.
While this may seem like something that everyone in the country would be for, there are many detractors who are critics of Betsy DeVos and the cause that is near and dear to her heart. Many of her political opponents have painted her out to be nothing more than a wealthy woman who is completely out of touch with regular, every day Americans. They also point to the fact they she has never had to attend a public school in her life, which she has no problem admitting. This is because she believes the American educational system is a broken one, and statistics about the state of public schools in the country compared to other countries would completely agree with her.
Betsy DeVos doesn’t just work to see laws passed that would divert public funds to paying for the tuition of kids who attend private and charter schools. She also donates large sums of her own money to educational causes and private schools. She supported and continues to support Potter’s House Christian School through donations and visited the school earlier on in her life with her husband when they had children. The school serves a large number of poor families who live in Grand Rapids, and she was taken in by the loving, supportive, and joyful atmosphere at the school when she visited. It disappointed her to see that many of the families who sent their kids to the school had to struggle to make ends meet just to be able to, and this is part of why she wants to see laws changed.
Betsy DeVos, during an interview, recalled a time in the 1990’s when she served the American Education Reform Council and Children First America by sitting on their boards. Both of these groups were looking to support educational choice by passing laws that would give families vouchers and tax credits. She made some progress at that time, and then in 1993, her husband and herself were both a large part of the first charter school bill in the state of Michigan They also tried, again, later on to make vouchers and tax-credit scholarships a part of the Michigan constitution but their efforts were unsuccessful. This saddened her as the state has a large urban population that she feels is not being served well by its public schools. Instead of giving up, she formed the Great Lakes Education project, which was focused on expanding charter schools in Michigan and advocating for educational choice. Today, she continues to fight for the rights of Americans who can’t afford to send their children to a quality school.
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