Betsy Devos was prompted to facilitate changes in the public school system. She noticed that many traditional schools were failing. She believed that children had a better chance of succeeding if they had more school choices. She has pushed for radical reform including educational savings account, tax credits and vouchers.
Betsy noticed this problem when her own children were going through school. She and her children visited the Potter’s House Christian School. The school served the Grand Rapids area for more than 30 years. Many of the students who attended the school were from low-income families. The parents were able to rest assured that their children were safe at school while they were at school.
Betsy and her husband Dick were changed by their visit to the Potter’s House Christian School. Dick decided to run for the State Board of Michigan in 1990. He won the election. Betsy and Dick decided to start their own foundation to give out scholarships to low-income families so that parents could decide where they wanted to send their school.
Betsy knew that giving out scholarships would greatly help families. However, she believed that it was not enough. She helped start a committee called the Great Lakes Education Project. This is an organization that promotes charter school expansion.
Betsy’s advocacy for school choice has benefited people all around the country. It is estimated that 50,000 students in the state of Florida are able to attend the school of their choice thanks to a tax-credit scholarship program.
Betsy is also a supporter of homeschooling. She believes that it is a valid choice, but she has seen many people choose charter schools instead of homeschooling. Betsy does not believe that charter schools are a good choice for everyone. However, she believes that everyone should have the resources that they need to make the right educational choice.
Betsy’s ultimate goal is to make sure that parents can make the right choice for their children when it comes to their education. She also hopes that every student can reach their God-given potential.
About Betsy Devos
Betsy Devos is the current Secretary of Education. She is also a philanthropist and businesswoman. The Devos family is currently one of the richest families in the country. Their current net worth is $5.4 billion. She and her husband are the founders of Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation.
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