Betsy DeVos has been working as the Secretary of Education under President Trump for the past two years. Since her confirmation by the Senate in 2017, Betsy DeVos has been under constant fire from members of both major political parties. The reason? DeVos is aiming to do something that would have been outright laughed at just fifty years ago. As the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos is seeking to make Milton Friedman’s writing on government and education into reality. DeVos has become the foremost face of school reform on the right, and she has gotten to this point via thirty years of tireless work.
Betsy DeVos hails from Michigan where she was born and raised in a tight-knit, Dutch community. DeVos was born into a family that firmly believed in the idea of bettering the world. As a self-proclaimed reformer, Betsy DeVos knows that it is her job to enact the kind of changes that she believes in. As a result, Betsy DeVos has been working for more than three decades toward changing how the school system works in the United States. While Betsy DeVos has benefited from financial assistance from her family, as well as her husband’s stake in the Amway fortune, she has largely made her progress by getting her hands in on the work itself.
For Betsy DeVos, nothing makes a bigger dent in reformation than a grassroots effort to better the world. Betsy DeVos has been working hand-in-hand with families all over the country in order to reinforce the benefits of school choice. Scholarship-based tax credits, voucher systems, and a redirection of federal funding toward private institutions form up the backbone of what Betsy DeVos is trying to do. In order to get these dramatic changes into a viable position, Betsy DeVos has had to champion the work herself. DeVos has spent millions of dollars as well as countless manhours working at establishments like the Potter’s House Christian School. She has helped to fundamentally change the way that people are approaching the concept of school choice.
The backbone of educational choice is essentially all about giving freedom back to parents. Students all learn in different ways, so Betsy DeVos thinks that it is fundamentally wrong to direct all children toward public schools. If a child learns better in a privately funded school, why shouldn’t that school be rewarded with tax dollars that their parents are already paying? Betsy DeVos will be pushing to move tax dollars around to these private educational establishments, such as religious schools, in order to keep them well-stocked and ready for new students to attend.
Outside of her grassroots work, Betsy DeVos has tirelessly worked on a number of different charity boards. DeVos has also founded her own charity, the DeVos Family Foundation. It is clear to see that Betsy DeVos is living by her beliefs and that she is making serious progress. Today, more than 17 states have privately owned, publicly funded educational facilities available in them. Betsy DeVos’ home state of Michigan is currently leading the country in school choice facilities.
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