Betsy DeVos might be well-known today for being the secretary of Education under President Trump, but before she was appointed to this coveted position she and her husband Dick were known for many other important things. Simply put, the DeVoses are very famous within Michigan circles for their commitment to their causes and their philanthropic activities. Indeed, during a 2013 interview, Betsy DeVos expounded on just how they got started down this charitable path. These were some of their first steps into this foray:
They visited The Potter’s House in Grand Rapids when their kids were still in school.
Many years ago, Betsy and Dick DeVos had the opportunity to visit this well-known Grand Rapids Christian school. What they saw there made a tremendous impact on them and made them realize the value of school choice in education. They saw parents of much more limited means than them that were committed to giving their kids the best possible education in the safest environment possible. Betsy and Dick realized almost immediately that these kids were every bit as deserving of a quality education as Dick and Betsy had given to their own children. Thus, Betsy and her husband became newly-minted school choice proponents, and they haven’t been the same since.
Betsy and Dick were definitely pleased at the progress being made in the school choice movement.
At the time of this interview, Betsy DeVos was proud of how much progress had been made. In 17 states and the District of Columbia, there were 250,000 students in 33 government-funded school choice programs. Moreover, in 2012, the program actually grew by 40,000 and new school choice ventures were established in the states of Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Mississippi and program expansions in Florida and Ohio.
Betsy and Dick were also particularly pleased with the progress being made in Florida.
When she granted this interview, she was proud of the fact that 50,000 Florida students had been given the ability to attend the school of their parent’s choosing. Moreover, they were also pleased with how Florida was able to get many state politicians to buy into the program and lead the charge for the school choice movement.
Betsy DeVos has continued her school choice activism since becoming Trump’s Education Secretary.
Even after being appointed to a cabinet post under the Trump Administration, Betsy DeVos has not been content to just sit on her laurels. DeVos has always been a proponent of working together, and in 2017 she teamed up with Miami rapper Pitbull to visit a charter school in his hometown of Miami. DeVos will team up with anyone to try to fundamentally change education and make it better for everyone. She is definitely going to make the world a better place for all of our schoolchildren.
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