Betsy DeVox Gives Back
Betsy DeVos has been in the news of late due to her successful appointment as Secretary of Education of the United States in the Donald Trump Administration. Her background and history in the educational arena is a very interesting story and example of how giving back to society has a positive impact on everyone.Betsy is the wife of Richard DeVos, former president and CEO of the Amway Corporation, who is now retired and involved with his own causes and philanthropic efforts, as well as helping Betsy with hers. Both Betsy and Dick have been very active in the movement to reform and improve a lot of the education system in America with very positive results.Betsy got involved while she was in college in college politics and continued on for the past 30 years in politics, various Republican Party efforts, and six years as the head of the Republican Party in the State of Michigan.One of the areas of great concern to Betsy is the state of affairs of the public schools in America.
We currently have millions of students trapped in the turmoil of inner city schools that are wholly inadequate in regards to facilities and funding. Betsy has said that it is a shame that so many students are designated to schools that fit a zip code, rather than facilities that will speak to their needs.So much more can be done online and with specialized instruction that is not currently being taken advantage of. In a recent interview, Betsy pointed out that there are currently about 250,000 students in 33 private-choice programs that are publicly funded located in 17 different states including Washington DC. In following up on these different programs it has been found that the popularity and excitement of these programs are real and has great promise.Betsy goes on to say that it is difficult to fool the public, especially those who are still involved with programs that are not working.
The basic fact that many of our schools are failing is evidenced in the facts of the lack of knowledge of the students. This has helped many people to be much more open about looking into what were once radical ideas, such as vouchers, tax credits and educational savings accounts.The biggest pushback is not from the parents and students who embrace the new ideas, but from the establishment of bureaucracy that exists with teacher’s unions and school districts who feel that change can’t be done because it will upset the apple cart.Betsy has been very involved with school reform since her own children were in school and now that she is Secretary of Education, she intends to do something about improving our schools. Once people see the new ideas in practice, they begin to come around. There is a long way to go, but progress is occurring, and Betsy DeVos intends to keep it that way.