Betsy DeVos is a renowned businesswoman, educational activist, and a philanthropist. Currently, she serves as the secretary of education in the United States. She is also the chairwoman of Windquest Group where she specializes in clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. She has a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over the years, she has broadly supported reforms in the United States education system both in ideas and financing. She is the chairwoman of American Federation for Children. Under her leadership, over one million children are now attending school outside their Zip codes. As a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, she has managed to link adult mentors in churches with at-risk elementary children for guidance in a weekly basis. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
Interview with the Philanthropy
In an interview with the Philanthropy, DeVos shared information about her interests and participation in educational reforms and school choice. DeVos is excited to see private schools implementing the voucher systems. According to DeVos, educational-choice programs are increasingly gaining momentum, and the number of students in the programs grew by about 40,000 in just a year. A survey they have conducted shows that a majority of Latinos enjoy the educational choice system. Being a prominent supporter and activists of school choice programs, she is happy to see people increasingly accepting that traditional public schools were failing. DeVos’ interest in educational reforms began way back when her kids were in school. Betsy and her husband visited the school severally and began to think about how to improve the learning environment. After her husband was elected into the Michigan State Board of Education, Betsy established a foundation that could fund low-income children. In the 1990s she served on boards of Children First America and American Education Reform Council.
Major Accomplishments and a Glimpse of the Future
During her tenure, she worked hard to expand educational choice through campaigning for vouchers and tax credits. Betsy Devos launched Great Lakes Educational Projects, which was aimed at promoting education by expanding charter schools in Michigan. After years of striving to see educational reforms, Betsy is now seeing some rewards for her hard work. She is excited to see that Florida has implemented the educational choice program, which is currently enjoyed by over 50,000 students. Louisiana and Indiana are also among her success milestones as they have passed educational choice programs that have the potential to serve over one million students annually. Betsy is also proud to have engaged Democrats to ensure that school reforms remain non-partisan. Betsy believes that the future of education system in America would be brighter. She is currently focused on school choices to end the tradition of restricting students to attend schools within their Zip codes. With the increase in technological advancements, she believes that digital learning would be better than the current system, which she describes as dull. Homeschooling is another opportunity that should be explored to better the American education system. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.