Betsy DeVos recently held an in-depth interview with Philanthropy. In it, she talked about her bold and controversial ideas and plans for the American education system notably the private school’s voucher funding initiatives. The interviewer’s first question to Betsy was about the advances made thus far in school choice. In her response, Mrs. DeVos started off by saying how proud she was about progress achieved in giving needy private school students a chance to receive tax-free rebates from the government.
Rethinking American Education
Her agenda had so far benefited about a quarter million students located on the four corners of the North American sub-continent. The future looks bright, and Betsy is quite hopeful that in the coming years, the programs will be operating in all the 54 states. In 2015, the movement she and the husband embarked on three decades back seemed to add up to 40K new participants annually.
Making A Real Difference
In the interview, Betsy DeVos talks about how together with the husband, they would visit a particular school in their home state, Michigan many years now gone. The one peculiar thing which drew them to this institution is that they noticed the love between the broke parents and their children at the private Christian School. They had to do something. What started out as a pet project of helping one or two pupils of Potters Christian School soon turned into a life-long pursuit. Before the Devoses knew it, they had engineered a support system infrastructure connecting the entire population at the facility.
Making of a Radical Reformer
According to Betsy, the traditional education curriculum has failed miserably in preparing the scholars on what awaits them in the real world. That’s why she chose to focus all her energy and attention on arm-twisting the government to renege on their selective funding of public schools programs. Soon after leaving Calvin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, she got married shortly after that. Together with his partner, Dick DeVos, they vehemently campaigned for the first charter school bill to pass in the nineties.
Florida as the Benchmark
Betsy DeVos hopes to replicate the successful model of the program in Florida in the entire nation, moving forward. Betsy’s personal involvement in the grassroots in Louisiana saw thousands of student benefit from the newly introduced test voucher program. Mrs. DeVos protests that the Democrats have stood in their path every step of the way. The Democrats ties to the teachers union make it nearly impossible for them to vote with their conscience. The incoming Secretary of Education urged the Democrats to act in the interests of the children and the future of the nation first and place partisan politics second. Betsy is now a grandmother five times over. She once served as the leader of the Republican Party in Michigan. Her stint there lasted a whole six years.
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