Betsy DeVos is the Secretary of Education for the United States and a philanthropist who has donated millions of dollars to charitable causes she believes in. In fact, her husband, Dick DeVos, and herself have donated more than $139 million to charities over the course of their life. Some of the organizations she has donated to include the West Michigan Aviation Academy, Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Rehoboth Christian School, and Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Her husband and herself have also been involved in politics in Michigan and support the conservative party there.
Recently, Betsy DeVos has made news as she began working as the Secretary of Education for the United States and faced her first round of controversy, which was related to the Trump organization rescinding the transgender bathroom policy. While many reasoned that she differed in opinion with the move made by the Trump organization, she didn’t show it, but this doesn’t mean she is going to be a quiet player in Washington D.C. Politicians have commented that she has always been underestimated and that she always proves her detractors to be wrong. While she doesn’t have a lot of connection with public schools and colleges, she does have plenty of experience dealing with getting private schools to be accepted by the nation.
Betsy DeVos has worked her hardest for more than thirty years to get tax dollar support for charter schools. Specifically, she has fought to see tax dollars used to pay for vouchers, which can cover the costs of private schools. Her point of view is that these vouchers will help poor families to be able to send their children to the school of their choice. She has supported, both, non-profit private schools as well as schools that are supported and ran by for-profit companies, but in the end, she is really for new laws that allow parents to send their kids to the schools they want to.
It has been Betsy DeVos’s work that has led to Detroit being the U.S. state with the greatest concentration of charter schools, and while many of them are not living up to standards, she moves forward. While her work for charter schools in Detroit has been monumental, many wonder if it is the right move as the public school system in the city is failing. DeVos believes that the public school system in Detroit should be shut down, altogether. While some fear, she is looking to get rid of public schools, she has publicly stated that she is not looking to shut public schools down and that public schools will still be the place that most children go to for their education in the United States.
Betsy DeVos has acknowledged that while she was made to look like she was ignorant during her confirmations, she knows what her focus is while she is in Washington, and she isn’t going to let her detractors distract her from the work that she is ready to get done.
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