There are many things in life that Betsy DeVos is passionate about. These would include the usual things such as her family, her community and helping those in need. However, when people read this woman’s final epitaph, it will probably read with something to the effect of “Champion of School Choice.” For several decades now, Betsy DeVos has been heavily involved in the fight to help less-fortunate parents have the ability to send their students to the school of their choice. This is especially important in some areas of Michigan such as Detroit, where the public school system is chaotic, and that’s putting it nicely. How did Betsy get started on this journey? What are some things that she wants to see improve now that she is the Trump Administration Education Secretary? These are questions that should receive an answer, and they will.
When Betsy and her husband Dick first visited The Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids in the 1980’s, they were impressed by just how hard the parents affiliated with the school were working to make sure that their children received a quality education. The lesson was not lost on Betsy and it definitely made an immediate impression on both of them. From that moment on, they were both dedicated to ensuring that all parents could send their students to a better school than just the typical public school system. In a word: options.
Now of course Betsy DeVos is definitely not without her share of critics. Opponents of school choice have always believed that the main focus of proponents is simply just to undermine the public school system, and Betsy DeVos is definitely considered to be “public enemy number one” when it comes to their grievances. Part of the reason for this would be because Mrs. DeVos has actually taken the school choice issue much further than many other supporters have.
For three decades, Betsy DeVos has taken on the status quo, fighting to allot for tax dollar to be spent on charter schools instead of public schools. The reason she has done this is because she believes that the middle class and the lower class can often get a better education at these schools. DeVos has also been known for seeking public funds for vouchers so that parents can send their students to religious private schools if they wish. While some feel that vouchers for private and charter schools present a threat to public schools, supporters of Betsy DeVos’ plan believe that these vouchers foster competition and force public schools to continue to improve. Everyone working to improve? That’s always a good thing in the playbook.
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