A lot of people had to take check their hearing when they heard that Betsy DeVos had appeared with the rapper Pitbull at a charter school in Miami. What many might not know is that the charter school in question was founded by Pitbull. While the rapper is known for profane lyrics and a brash style, he also happens to be a supporter of charter schools. This happened to be Betsy DeVos’s third visit to schools in Florida as the Secretary of Education for the U.S.A., and along with the visit to the school that Pitbull created, she also visited a handful of other private and charter schools.
While most people have just become familiar with Betsy DeVos because she has suddenly been thrown into the limelight of politics, those who do know her know that she has been heavily involved with pushing for freedom of educational choice for a long time. What does freedom of educational choice mean for Americans? For Betsy, it means that every single family in the United States can choose where they want to send their kids to school. The problem, according to Mrs. DeVos, with the system as it is now is that there are millions upon millions of people being left out because they can’t afford to send their children to a private school or a charter school. Instead, they are forced to send them off to a school based on where they live.
Betsy DeVos believes that the notion of forcing kids to go to a school based on the zip code of where their home is located is an outdated notion. It hearkens back to days when there was no internet and when it made sense to send kids to the school that was nearest to them. She has talked about the fact that many families in the United States are forced to send their kids to schools that are failing, unsafe, and that do not provide the right kind of environment for them to learn in. She has fought for the rights of everyone and especially the economically challenged families that call America home.
What Betsy DeVos wants is for public funds to be able to be used to pay for the tuition of charter schools and private schools. This is real freedom, and she believes that the current system is not supporting the majority of American families. Not only has Betsy DeVos supported causes and political initiatives that would change this, but she has also donated a lot of her own money. She is the Chairman for the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation where she works to support the rights of Americans through charitable giving. She also donates her time as a member of many different boards. A few of these include Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Kids Hope USA.
Betsy DeVos has been a reformer and fighter for those who are yearning for a change in the educational system in the United States for the majority of her life. As Secretary of Education, she is aiming to make the nation the kind of place where people can truly say they have freedom of educational choice.
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