For over 30 years, Betsy DeVos has been a reformer. DeVos has led multiple campaigns, political action committees, and party organizations. DeVos is a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
Betsy DeVos has also been active in several non profit roles. DeVos supports the Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. DeVos also serves as the chairman of the American Federation for Children. Recently, DeVos sat down to discuss her career.
DeVos says that over 200,000 students are enrolled in 30 private-choice programs in the United States. Many public schools are under performing. As a result, more people are open to tax credits, vouchers, and education savings accounts. DeVos says that she was called to action after visiting the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos says that many parents faced a heavy financial burden trying to keep their children enrolled in the school.
Being a mother herself, DeVos wanted to help other parents, especially those who were struggling financially. DeVos wanted to create a foundation that awarded scholarships to students who came from low income backgrounds. While serving on the American Education Reform Council, DeVos helped pass Michigan’s first charter school bill. DeVos also helped establish the Great Lakes Education project, which was designed to promote education reform through the expansion of charter schools in the state.
Betsy DeVos is proud of the success of the American Federation for Children. Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program has allowed over 30,000 students to attend the school of their family’s choice without any restrictions. DeVos is happy that the state government in Florida supports the program.
Louisiana and Indiana are other success stories. They have passed legislation that will serve millions of students every year. DeVos believes that the best way to invoke change in the educational system is by making it a bipartisan issue. Education should be a non-partisan topic. DeVos wants to eliminate the theory that students have to choose a school within the zip code of their family’s home. With the recent technological advancements, Betsy DeVos encourages as much freedom as possible.
DeVos recognizes that several alternative learning strategies are emerging. Digital learning will continue to gain popularity, as more children start to purchase iPads. Homeschooling is another option, as more parents seek to gain more influence over their children’s education. Charter schools and magnet schools are other options.
DeVos says that it will take a holistic effort to improve the American educational system. It’s important that the people with the power to influence change properly allocate resources, personnel, and staff time. DeVos says that she spends a lot of time encouraging donors to get involved in advocacy efforts. DeVos wants every student to fulfill their potential.
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