Category : Education Reform

Betsy DeVos Contribution to the Education Sector Has Created Significant Influence

Betsy DeVos life has been that of a revolutionist; her political prowess manifested in her early life when she participated in campus politics at Calvin College. She hasn’t looked back ever since and she at one time served as the Michigan Republican Party Chair as well as a volunteer for President Gerald R. Ford in 1976. Betsy has over the years strived to offer solutions to social problems innovatively. She co-founded Windquest Group together with her husband. The firm focuses its investments in clean energy, manufacturing, and technology.

Her Roles

Besides her business and political interests, Betsy DeVos is notably an active reformer through undertaking various roles in non-profit ventures. She is a renowned philanthropist as she heads several foundations such as the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She is a board member of Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, and Kids Hope USA. Betsy chairs one of the most influential foundations that advocates for school choices. She has found a drive to fight for more parents to have a privilege of choosing a school for their children.

School Of Choice Program

Betsy recently shared about her work and beliefs in her undertakings, noting that she was impressed by the rising statistics in her educational choice program, the Alliance for School Choice. The program has taken root in 17 states and has continued to gain popularity. She noted that her involvement in the program is to assist low-income parents in accessing good affordable schools for their children. Her interest was birthed at the Potter’s House Christian School and has since continued to support it significantly. Her desire to see other parents afford to place their children in schools of their choice led her to start a scholarship program. Her involvement in the education sector runs far and wide as she at one time sat on the board of two foundations: Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. In her quest to improve the education sector, Betsy also founded the American Federation for Children. She also noted that her biggest success has been in Florida that has recorded the largest number of students placed in their schools of choice through their tax-credit scholarship program.

Read more on Los Angeles Times.

Other Platforms

Apart from students accessing their schools of choice, other reforms can improve the education sector. Betsy noted that although charter schools, digital learning, and homeschooling are still not well recognized, they are slowly gaining momentum and will have a high and positive influence in the future. She noted that her educational choice movement is designed to involve virtual schools, magnet schools, homeschooling, and charter schools. It’s notable that her program is not intimidated by the rise of charter schools as she influenced her husband to start the West Michigan Aviation Academy

Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.