Betsy DeVos isn’t being herself if she isn’t making people turn their heads. She has always been the kind of woman to march to the beat of her own drum and has been working to improve the educational system in the U.S.A. for many years. She recently made headlines when she made a surprise appearance with Armando Christian Pérez at a charter school he started up. Most people are more familiar with Pérez’s rap name, which is Pitbull. DeVos is a conservative Christian, but she decided to appear with Pitbull in order to help promote his charter school and charter schools in general.
Betsy DeVos believes that charter schools can offer educational options to those who are looking for more than the public school system is offering. She also believes that private schools and homeschooling are viable alternatives. In the past, she has been a part of many different organizations that have worked to change the minds of Americans and especially those who make laws. DeVos feels that the educational choice movement, which she has been a part of for most of her life, is making huge strides. In Florida, the movement has managed to help pass legislation that is allowing thousands of students to attend a school that their family picked out.
Betsy DeVos served on the boards of the American Education Reform Council and Children First America in the 1990s. These groups were focused on passing laws that allowed tax credits and vouchers to ease the burden of the costs of private and charter schools. Later on, she was involved with the Great Lakes Education Project, which was a political action committee that worked to reform the educational system by supporting charter schools. The committee did so well that DeVos was inspired to take the fight for educational freedom national, which has yielded many positive results.
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan into a wealthy family. Her father, Edgar Prince, was a billionaire who ran an auto parts company, and she worked at her father’s stores when she was younger. DeVos attended a private Christian high school and went on to attend a private Christian college by the name of Calvin College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics while there, and she also became very interested in politics during this time.
Betsy DeVos now serves the United States as its secretary of education. She has already been working on creating better school system for every student in the nation. She has already worked with many states in the country to help pass educational choice legislation and has seen the greatest improvement in Florida. Looking into the future, she has the simple wish that one day every student in the country will be able to attend a school that their family chooses.
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