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.