When Betsy DeVos and her husband visited the Potter’s House Christian School many years ago, she knew that educational reform was the key to helping lower income parents send their children to safe schools that maintained a passion for teaching curious-minded students. Since that eye-opening visit to the school, she has devoted countless hours to education reform by serving many different nonprofit roles such as chairman of the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children. She was also the head of the Michigan Republican Party and the Great Lakes Education Project, which are two renowned organizations committed to education-reform throughout the state. As one of the most influential advocates for the school-choice movement, Betsy DeVos is determined to make sure that every student regardless of their social economic status has access to a high-quality education.
Leaders who have joined the school choice movement know that change isn’t always a smooth process, but Betsy DeVos makes education reform look like a piece of cake. One way that she has tried to increase educational choice is by offering parents the voucher opportunity. Instead of sending their children to public school, the voucher opportunity allows parents to place their child in a charter, home, or private school. The ultimate goal of these educational choices is to get parents in charge of their children’s education.
Due to the prominent school-choice initiative, Betsy DeVos is proud to say that there are now over 250,000 children in 33 private programs. These great educational-choice programs are represented across 17 states. In the coming years, the number of students enrolled in private-choice programs is only expected to grow exponentially.
Along with promoting educational choice through promising strategies, Betsy DeVos is also a big player in other important initiatives at Kids Hope USA and Mars Hill Bible Church. She and her husband even founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which is a prominent organization that focuses on supporting community, arts, leadership, education, and justice programs.
To further important causes such as the ones listed above, Betsy DeVos and her husband also make generous charitable contributions. According to a recent article by M Live, the couple has donated over $139 million to various causes during the course of their lifetimes.
At the end of the day, Betsy DeVos wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed by using their God-given talents. As a well-known volunteer and philanthropist of various charitable causes, she is doing just that.
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