Betsy DeVos sees the work that she and her husband do as a holistic effort to make education in the United States better for all, not just for those who can afford to pay for it. There are many layers to the work that they do. First, they know that by working within government and across the party lines they can exact change at a national level. However, they also know that some of the most direct and fastest acting change can be accomplished at a local level by working directly through local school systems and even in individual schools.
For example, both Betsy and Dick DeVos are extremely involved in one school that is near and dear to their hearts: Potters House Christian School. This school is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the majority of the students there are from low income families in the area. Many of these families are gravely concerned with just keeping their children safe and out of trouble. Most of these families are located within a certain school district and those families don’t have the option to send their children outside of that district.
The DeVos’s saw the true need at Potter’s House Christian School and wanted to take it upon themselves to do everything they could to meet those needs. The couple started by sponsoring one child a year’s tuition to attend the school, giving those children a chance at a better education. However, the two saw the benefit those children received and knew they wanted to do more. Since then, they have continued to sponsor multiple children’s tuition and then began to sponsor programs at the school and fund specific needs such as refurbishments and necessary items. Since then, they have grown to become some of the school’s largest donors.
The DeVos’s are extremely passionate about giving families multiple options outside of their “district.” They do not believe in the district system, as it often hinders families from the best educational opportunities for their children.
Their goal is to bring the ability for families to have these options on a national scale, including the ability to select charter schools that may not lie within a certain district that the parents happen to live in.
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