In 2013, Betsy DeVos opened up to Philanthropy RoundTable about her 30-year-plus quest and passion to reform the American educational-choice sector. The interview yielded remarkable insights on the charity work by Betsy.Betsy’s family Foundation has personally changed the lives of over 250,000 students in private schools all over the country. The lunch voucher initiatives have proven instant hits with minority families interested in sending their kids to private learning institutions. Betsy oozed with confidence and optimism about the future of the organization she’d started in the eighties.
Betsy’s First Big Win
In 1993, her earnest efforts finally paid off when Michigan passed its first pro-choice school act. Students were now able to get access to tax credit scholarship programs to secure a spot in the any of the leading private learning institutions in America.
Betsy Vs Gov. Jindal
In the revealing interview, Betsy DeVos vilifies the Democrats for the bipartisan stances they’ve taken deliberately slow down the recovery of the ailing American education system. Mrs. DeVos recalls how in 2008 her organization, the American Foundation for Children had to fight the authorities to get their way. In a bid to frustrate the parents, the governor issued a week-long ultimatum for parents to collect the signs needed to move the motion into the next legislation process.In the back of his mind, the governor of Louisiana, Jindal thought there was no way the parents could drum up the support needed in time. AFC surprised the authorities, however, with a carefully orchestrated and brilliantly executed awareness campaign. The campaign saw Betsy’s team making phone calls, advertising on radio stations, placing web ads, direct emails.
Betsy on Homeschooling & Digital Learning
Betsy terms homeschooling as a perfectly valid learning option in the candid interview with Round Table. She expects this learning trend to increase in popularity, especially among urban parents looking for quality and affordable choice-education. Betsy’s Foundation AFC works in close partnerships with homeschooling parents to make sure the kids get a holistic and balanced learning experience. Her initiative increased funding to charter schools in states like Florida and Louisiana and to virtual schools as well. Betsy reckons technology will continue to revolutionize learning. Concepts like, digital learning, blended learning are practical education-choice options for the future generations.
About Betsy DeVos
Born January 8, 1958, Elizabeth Dee DeVos is a seasoned American politician, astute business person, and philanthropist. Donald Trump nominated her to for the top job at the education department soon after his win over Hillary Clinton in late 2016. She’s the wife to Dick DeVos, the billionaire heir of the Amway Tech Inc. Richard DeVos built this MLM icon and left it to his kids. Betsy chairs a handful of non-profitable boards in America, for instance, the AFC, Action Institute, Mars Hill Bible, the Alliance for School Choice and Foundation for Excellence in Education.