Betsy DeVos was born into a well-off, conservative family in the town of Holland, Michigan. She attended a private Christian high school as a youngster and went on to study at Calvin College, a private Christian college, where she received her Bachelor of Art’s degree in business economics. She became very involved in the politics on the Calvin College campus and continued her interest in politics after. Betsy DeVos served the state of Michigan as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and has been a large part of many important buildings and schools in the state, as well. She has donated large sums of money to the educational sector in the state and the country, at-large, and has been a proponent of educational choice ever since she was younger.
Betsy DeVos is now the Secretary of Education for the United States, but her confirmation was a close one and filled with controversy. Her political opponents attempted to make her look like a fool but friends who are close to her revealed that she was just slightly irritated with the fiasco. Many Washington insiders and other political figures have already begun to underestimate the woman; according to those who have followed Betsy DeVos for many years. They have gone on the record to admit that while she may seem amiable and silent, she is known in Michigan to be a worthy political opponent who uses her wealth and status to support the causes she believes in.
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, has commented that Betsy DeVos is a force to be reckoned with. Mrs. DeVos called Weingarten up after her confirmation as Secretary of Education and requested a meeting with her. The pair ended up touring schools in Florida and discussing educational related matters. Betsy DeVos was even seen with Pitbull, the rapper who has gained a lot of attention for his profanity-filled lyrics. The reason for her appearance with the rapper had to do with the charter school he started up in Florida.
Betsy DeVos has worked for more than 30 years to see tax dollars used to help pay the tuition of children who want to attend private or charter schools. She has been a champion for Americans who can’t afford to send their children to these kinds of schools and is responsible for Detroit being the home of the densest area of charter schools. Many American families have her to thank for the opportunity to send their kids to a school they deem worthy.
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