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How Betsy DeVos Has Been A Leader In The School Choice Movement

Betsy DeVos has been known as a reformer during her entire adult life. Even when she was attending Calvin College she was politically active in the campus community. She has been a leader in many causes ever since, including for political action committees, Republican campaigns, and the Republican party organization. One of the causes she is most involved in is school choice which allows parents to send their children to the school of their choice rather than the public school assigned to them.

One of the things that Betsy DeVos recognizes is that a child’s zip code is the biggest determination in the education they received. Those who grow up in poor communities receive a very sub-standard education while those in wealthy communities receive the best education in the United States. The school choice movement seeks to eliminate this gap by allowing students to attend private or charter schools through educations reforms such as tax credits, vouchers, and education savings accounts. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Betsy DeVos’ involvement in the school choice movement includes serving on the board of two national charities, the American Education Reform Council and Children First America. Both of these organizations look to expand the school choice movement into more states across the United States. Betsy, along with her husband Dick, were instrumental in getting a charter-school bill passed in their home state of Michigan in 1993. In order to push for further reforms in the state such as tax-credit scholarships and vouchers, she founded the Great Lakes Education Project which was highly successful in the expansion of charter schools in Michigan.

One of the biggest successes she has had in the movement, according to BetsyDevos, is in the state of Florida. Her efforts led to a tax-credit scholarship program opening in the state and have led to more than 50,000 students attending a school that their family chose. The program has been met with strong approval by both the public and legislators in the state.

Due to her extensive experience in the field of education, Betsy DeVos was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the United States Secretary of Education. Her nomination was passed by the Senate and she started serving in her position in February 2017. She has pledged to support underserved students and provide them with access to a quality education. She is looking to expand school choice into the 25 states around the country that currently don’t have that as an option.

Before serving in her new role, Betsy DeVos was the Chairman of The Windquest Group, an investment company she co-founded with her husband. Through their Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, they have provided million in donations to different causes across the nation.

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