The Role of Betsy DeVos in Improving Quality of Education

Betsy DeVos is a prominent education reformer who was recently appointed to the Cabinet by President Trump at the beginning of this year. For many years, she has actively participated and funded several educational causes in different states. Betsy has been advocating for expansion of school-choice programs in all states in the United States. Four years ago, the program was already taking shape in 17 states with approximately 250,000 learners. During an interview with Philanthropy, Betsy explained that the expansion of the movement was accelerating, and more students were joining it. For instance in 2012, Betsy said the number of students increased by 40,000. According to Mrs. Betsy DeVos, students from public schools recorded low performance, and that was the reason they were seeking radical reforms that would benefit all kids even those from the low income backgrounds. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

Popularity of Educational-Choice Movement

According to Betsy, their aim is to provide parents with more educational options including charter schools as a way of addressing the existing problems. She explained that educational choice program involves different options like homeschooling, virtual schools, charter schools, magnate schools as well as tax credits and vouchers. She believed homeschooling is a better option for parents who are not happy about where their kids attend school. In fact, parents who encourage homeschooling are able to supervise closely what their kids are learning. Charter schools are another option of educational-choice, although it involves a process to setup and commence operation. One charter school that is currently operating is owned by Betsy and her husband Dick. The founded the school five years ago, and the first class of 15 students completed their studies last year. It is an aviation charter academy for training pilots.

Betsy DeVos’ Interests in Education Reform

For many years in her career, Secretary Betsy DeVos has been fighting for equal rights to education for all kids in the United States. She has been vocal especially on reforms that benefit under-served kids access the right education similar to other kids from rich families. Having been raised by parents where one was a school teacher (her mother), her interests in education began early in her life. This commitment grew when her kids went to school and she faced the reality that not all kids in America had the opportunity to access the right education. She also witnessed leaders fund development projects from her hometown in order to expand learning facilities and offer kids opportunity to access better education. For 15 years, Mrs. DeVos provided mentor-ship programs to kids in Grand Rapids Public Schools. She had the opportunity to interact with tutors, parents and kids, and it changed her perspective about the quality of education that was provided to majority of students in public schools. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

Dick DeVos: The Revolutionary Philanthropist

Meet Dick, a determined philanthropist whose vigor in supporting education reforms is exception. Those who have met Mr. DeVos know that he would give just about anything in support of education reforms. His family has offered a lot in donating to schools, churches, as well as political parties, specifically the Republican Party. Mr. DeVos’ dedication and love for the support of education and the art department has spread like wildfire to the rest of his family members, particularly his children who not only support his quest but also even challenge him to do better, improve and give more as time passes by. Mr. DeVos’ father, Amway, was also a generous contributor to different sectors, a trait that is now being practiced by his son and grandsons as well making it a family tradition.

 

Education Comes First

Dick and his wife Betsy value education first followed by arts and culture related investments and activities. Their great desire to support the school system is motivated by the urge to fill all the loopholes that exist in the education system, thus giving every American child an equal chance of achieving the American dream. Their donations go to the schools in Michigan, which is the hometown of this selfless couple. The highest percentage of their annual contributions always go to the education sector. Giving without attaching any strings is their strongpoint; they make donations and do not look back to control where and who gets the funds. Nonetheless, they follow up on one aviation-themed charter school in Michigan, which they are an annual contributor. This following up is an effort to appreciate and applaud the students who emerge top in this STEM courses, and at the same time looking forward to promoting more of this kind of courses.

 

After education comes art and culture to promote cultural diversity in the world. The rest of the money is distributed to community service and development projects, church supporting funds, civil and leadership support fund, and lastly their donations go to the health sector.

 

How did Dick DeVos get here?

Dick DeVos is a man of great skills who has exploited most if not all of his capabilities and desires. He is a two-time National Champion sailor, a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot. He is a writer whose book was published in 1997, not forgetting that this all rounded family man and successful businessman was also a Republican candidate for governor in 2006. His works extend to the business world where he currently serves as the President of The Windquest Group after previously working at Amway and the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Dick is also a leader when it comes to community services; he is the one who started the Education Freedom Fund, which benefited many poor Michigan kids.