Dick and Betsy DeVos are parents. Because their parents, they want the future to be insured for the survival of their children and their children’s children. In order to do that they understand that they need to be better shepherds of the community than the generation before them and so on. This puts them in a position where they needed to use of the Fortune that they were able to inherit for the good of everyone in their community. One of the things that they have both become very well-known for is their interest in different types of education reform. Betsy DeVos, as a secretary of education, is now the ultimate advocate for education reform because she understands implications it has for everyone in the nation now. Previously operating under the interest of only the citizens of Grand Rapids, Betsy DeVos takes this role very seriously. She understands that no matter how big or small the role is, it is still someone’s life that is going to be affected by the change that is being made.
There are some people that do not understand Dick and Betsy DeVos and what they stand for the couple. They have not been privy to the number of good works that they have done for their home state of Michigan, nor Betsy’s various of appointments to positions within the Board of Education for the state of Michigan. The point is that their experience in this field is established. “Dick and Betsy DeVos: Changing Institutions, and the Face of Their Hometown” is an example of some of the work that they have done over the years to make Grand Rapids and Michigan a better place. Over the years they have contributed a staggering amount of money to various programs all over the country, donating more than $12.5 million towards the construction of a Children’s Hospital located in their area. In fact, they are well-known for their generous giving with more than $138 million going to programs that are centered around arts, human services, churches, and scholarship programs dedicated to children who are interested in attending private school systems
That last concept is very important to Dick and Betsy DeVos, they believe very strongly in school choice. With school choice, parents will be able to send their children to the schools of their choosing, rather than those in their local districts or communities. Instead of having to relocate or lie about where they lived to get their children into better institutions, they would be able to elect those institutions based on their scoring. This gives a much more power than they can feel a genuine sense of pride that they did what they needed to do for their children. In general, Betsy and Dick DeVos used the money that they have to make better programs and interests in society. They are generous givers and her appointment as secretary of education is totally based around her dedication to making the system better. While many still are unsure about school choice, they should be sure about Betsy DeVos.
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