Betsy DeVos has always been a reformer in the educational industry in the United States. Her interest in politics began when she attended Calvin College as a young woman. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics at the college and went on to serve as the chairman for the Michigan Republican Party for six years. DeVos is connected to many different non profit organizations that are in existence to improve America’s school system. She is a member of the board for the Foundation for Excellence in Education serves as a the chairman of the Alliance for School Choice.
Betsy DeVos has been working to promote educational choice for many years and believes that the movement is doing very well these days. It has been more than two and a half decades since Wisconsin launched the first private school voucher program in the U.S., and many other states have done the same since. DeVos recently commented during an interview that there are now 17 states in the country that have private choice programs, and some of these states include Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, and new Hampshire. While Florida is leading the way with its educational choice legislation, Indiana recently began to support thousands of students with its own legislation. These students will now be able to attend a private school or charter school because their tuition fees will be covered.
While many politicians and other leaders are just starting to support the educational choice movement, Betsy DeVos has been around since its earlier days. She first began to support students by helping to pay for their tuition fees into private and charter schools. During the 1990s, she started up a foundation that offered scholarships to poor families, which allowed them to send their children to a school of their choosing. DeVos soon realized a lot more would need to be done to help out with the problem on a national level. Soon after this, she became involved with the American Education Reform Council and Children First America.
Betsy DeVos recently caused quite a stir when she made a public appearance with Armando Christian Pérez. Armando is known to most people by his rap moniker Pitbull. People were taken aback by her making an appearance with Pitbull because many of his rap songs are full of cuss words and misogynistic themes. As a maverick in her field, DeVos has always been known to walk her own walk, and she appeared with Pitbull to support a charter school he created in Florida. She also visited many other charter schools in the sunshine state during her trip, and she plans on continuing to support Florida as leaders there fight for the rights of students.
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