It is now a quarter of a century after Wisconsin instituted the first program for vouchers for private schools. Betsy Devos has been a big supporter for this, and has worked and pushed for this for many years. There are now over a quarter of a million students in schools around the country that are taking part in such programs for education. Just last year alone, the number of students grew by over forty thousand people. The truth is, people are supporting these programs. Betsy and her team conducted polls in no less than five states. Through her polls, she found out that people overwhelmingly support giving children more educational opportunities and a wider range of educational choices for children and their parents. In particular, Latinos especially supported this idea.
Why is this? It is attributed to the fact that many public schools are just not succeeding. In fact, many public schools are failing. Thus, programs that give vouchers and tax credits to private schools are gaining popularity.Betsy Devos has been involved in philanthropy for a long time. She comes from a family that is also involved in charity work. In fact, her parents gave heavily to charity. The same goes for her husband and his family. They are all known as philanthropists. However, the primary focus of Betsy’s philanthropic work is focused on education and ways that improve education for children. The reason she is so concerned about education is because it held a large role in her life. Her mother was a teacher of schoolchildren. Besides donating to organizations that help support education, they are also activists and are involved in education themselves.
For example, her husband, Dick Devos, ran for and was elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan in 1990. Betsy herself got involved in the founding of a foundation that would help students get grants. However, they quickly realized that even though students were getting grants, it was not for the schools that they wanted to attend. They were thus forced to attend schools where they could not succeed and reach their full potential. That is when they realized how broken the system was and started to get involved so that they could figure out ways to fix it.Betsy has been involved in politics for a while now. She was the chair of the Republican Party in Michigan. She sat on the board of many organizations and charities. Most of them were focused on education and providing school choices for children. She was later nominated by President Trump to be the Secretary of Education. She was confirmed by the Senate in February of this year. She is the eleventh person to fill that role in government.