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.

A Deeper Look Into Wessex Institute of Technology

Wessex Institute of Technology (WIX) is a higher education organization. They are located in New Forest National Park in the South of England. The institute’s activities include research, conferences, and publishing. Their primary goal is to exchange information between academics and professionals. They currently hold between 20 and 25 conferences each year. These conferences encourage trans-disciplinary research.

The conferences are posted within the WIT Transactions. Then they are filed and stored on their e-Library website. Their eLibrary currently houses over 30,000 peer reviewed articles. Wessex Institute of Technology continues to grow at a rapid rate. This growth helps them to achieve their knowledge transfer objectives.

Disrupting The Staus Quo In Education

With the exception of those living under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of our nation’s newest Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. When I first heard of DeVos, I was intrigued to research her background, and find out for myself exactly what she stands for and what her background entails. I was surprised to find a wealth of experience in not only advocating for children, but also for empowering artists, fighting cancer and a long standing history of experience and activism. Philanthropy through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is very prominent and focuses on community, education, arts, justice and leadership.

DeVos is passionate about education, and her credentials are reflective of such. She is chairman of the American Federation for Children, the nations largest school choice advocacy group, and also serves on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has not only served as an advocate for children and parent’s having a choice in education, she has served and spearheaded many mentor programs and even motivated her husband to start a public charter high school called the West Michigan Aviation Academy, encouraging vocational and technical education, giving student’s a chance to excel to new levels previously thought nearly impossible. DeVos believes nobody should be limited by their zip code in order to access quality education and an environment in which they will thrive rather than succomb to whatever the locality chooses to provide at its convenience. Check this related article from nypost.com.

Betsy DeVos’ political career began long ago by volunteering for President Ford. She has since been influential in many Republican leadership roles, political action committees, and has also been elected at the state level in Michigan four times to serve on the Republican National Committee. DeVos has also served on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a perfect fit as she is passionate about art and design. She also has hosted ArtPrize, which is an international art competition in Grand Rapids. Ms. DeVos is not only a well rounded leader, she also makes time for focusing on her family, grandchildren and spirituality. A self described “disruptor,” she is ready to take on Washington and bring our educational system back to first place. She is more than equipped, and up for the challenge!

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