Betsy DeVos has taken a lot of criticism while working in the Trump administration. However, there is no denying that she and her husband have done their part to make their community a better place.
The DeVos Family Has Donated Millions
Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick have donated a total of $139 million to various causes. In 2015, they gave $11.6 million, which was roughly double the amount that Mrs. DeVos made in political contributions. All told, the DeVos family has given away $1.33 billion. This number is bolstered by the philanthropic actions of Rich DeVos, who was the co-founder of Amway.
Education Is a Top Priority
Of the $11.6 million donated in 2015, about $3 million was allocated to people and groups dedicated to education and education reform. According to Dick DeVos, it is important that all kids receive a qualify education regardless of what they look like or where they live. The DeVos family prefers that students are given the choice to go to public schools or charter schools in their area.
In addition to helping students get the best possible education, it gives teachers an opportunity to find a setting that they feel comfortable in. In many cases, charter schools offer more flexibility when it comes to how a curriculum is created or how teachers interact with students in the classroom.
Not All Agree With Their Vision
To critics, giving money to charter schools or providing funding for vouchers does nothing more than take away resources from public schools. Critics also say that the goal of these contributions is to promote groups that offer educational services with the goal of making a profit. However, the DeVos family believes that giving students and parents choices can improve the quality of education that they receive.
The DeVos family gives money each year to the West Michigan Aviation Academy, and about 40 percent of its students are minorities who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, it has a graduation rate of 86 percent, and Dick DeVos said that students and parents have a high level of satisfaction with the experience that they have at the school.
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