Betsy DeVos is a renowned philanthropist who has for three decades made it her vocation to bring several educational reforms through her charitable giving. The reforming tendency runs in Betsy since most of their businesses are aimed at incorporating solutions to social issues.
During an interview with Philanthropy, Betsy speaks on her role in educational reforms and specifically the school choices. During the interview, she explained that they became interested in helping other parents at a time when their kids were also of school-age. It is at that point that Dick DeVos, Betsy’s spouse, ran for the State Board of Education in Michigan and was elected in 1990. Betsy explained that she initiated a scholarship program to help the disadvantaged families.
According to Betsy Devos, some of her biggest triumphs include Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program that serves approximately 50,000 scholars that are attending their schools of choice.
When asked about the progress of the first private school voucher program in Milwaukee, Betsy expressed that it has grown tremendously with over 250,000 scholars in 33 governments, private choice programs spread in Seventeen states. Moreover, the number of children in the educational program has also risen. New programs in several states like Arizona, Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio were implemented in 2012.
In the interview, Betsy explains that she is focused on the educational choice to break down the walls that allocate scholars to schools that are in the zip code of their families. According to her, she believes in freedom of students selecting the schools that they want, and she believes that advancement in technology alongside appropriate legislation will soon make this feasible.
Betsy explains that digital learning will soon take over the educational–choice movement as children are fast learners of the new technologies being developed in the market today. So, she believes the incorporation of digital learning will be fruitful and assist children in maximizing their full potential. When asked about homeschooling, Betsy explains that it a perfect educational alternative that many parents are embracing as they have a little mandate with regards to the schools their children are allocated. Besides, she also welcomes Charter schools as a suitable educational option for parents.
Betsy DeVos Personal Biography
Betsy emerges from a family of staunch philanthropists and activists. She holds a business degree and a BA in Political Science from Calvin College. Betsy is married to businessman Dick DeVos, and they have four children and six grandchildren.
Currently, Betsy is the 11th U.S Cabinet Secretary of Education, a position she has held since February 7, 2017. Before this, she served as the chairperson of Windquest Group, an investment and manufacturing corporation established in 1989.
Additionally, she has held several non-profit responsibilities including chairing the Dick and Betsy Foundations. She is also an affiliate with foundations like the Kids Hope USA, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Mars Hill Bible Church. Betsy also chairs the American Federation for Children (AFC) and the Alliance for School Choice. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.