Perspectives on the Future of Education-Choice in America by Betsy DeVos

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.

Betsy DeVos: Bringing Equality in Education for All Americans

Betsy DeVos is the eleventh U.S secretary of education having taken up the role on 7th February 2017. She has been an education reformist and philanthropist for over 30 years. She is very passionate about helping children from low-income families get an education. She has initiated very many reforms aimed at ensuring that underserved children access education through different non-profit organizations. With her reformative nature and this important position as secretary of education, Mrs. Betsy is expected to advance important reforms in the education system that will bring equal education opportunities for all Americans.

She developed her interest in education at an early age due to the influence of her mother who was a public school teacher. The interest grew even more when she took her children to school, and she was confronted by the reality that not every American child has an equal privilege of accessing education. She got the firsthand experience of what leaders in education were doing to improve the state of education in the country, and the choices parents had to make to ensure that their children had an education. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Mrs. Betsy DeVos has served at the Grand Rapids Public Schools as the in-school counselor for children at risk in the area. Her experiences with the children, parents, and teachers made her change her perspective about education as a whole.

In the 1990s Betsy Devos served as a board member of two national charities, the American Education Reform Council and Children First America, which was involved in the expansion of educational choices by providing vouchers and tax credits. In 1993, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos were involved politically in the passage of the first-charter school bill in Michigan. Betsy DeVos has been politically involved in other education choice movements such as the Great Lakes Education Project which was dedicated to the promotion of education reforms via charter schools in Michigan.

She was also the chair of the All Children Matter political movement. The movement was started by her husband Dick DeVos and the late John Walton. In conjunction with Alliance for School Choice, they aimed at educating the public on the need to have greater educational choices in the country. Even though they don’t achieve their goals at the moment, they later formed a more cohesive organization, the Federation for American Children (AFC) which Betsy chairs. The organization is affiliated with the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children Action Fund. AFC has had many successes in expanding education choices across the country especially in Florida where over 50,000 students are currently attending schools of their own choice.

Before her confirmation as the secretary of education, Mrs. Betsy DeVos was the Chairperson of The Windquest Group. Betsy has been on the boards of different charitable organizations across the country like the Mars Hill Bible Church, ArtPrize, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and Kids Hope USA. She is also the co-chair of their family charitable organization, Dick, and Betsy Devos Foundation. The foundation has contributed over $1.33 billion towards charity work over the years. Betsy DeVos holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Calvin College. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.