Betsy DeVos, the Philanthropist, And Reformer Nonpareil

If there has been anyone who has been at the forefront of educational reforms for years and years it undoubtedly is Betsy De Vos. In fact, she has been at it for three decades now. She has been practicing reform through her many nonprofit activities. She is the Chairperson of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. That apart she has been closely associated with several boards like DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Above all, she is known for her advocacy of the educational choice movement. DeVos is helped in this by her position as chairperson of the American Federation for Children (AFC) and the Alliance for School Choice. Not one to pull punches in her advocacy of reform, she is all for what were once considered to be radical measures like education saving accounts, vouchers, and tax credits.

DeVos considers that advocacy work she performed in Florida as her most successful achievement in the sense that the state’s highly successful tax credit scholarship program has earned it the unique distinction of having the nation’s longest and most successful education choice program. As many as 50000 students in Florida study in a school of their family’s choice. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

She is also quite sanguine about the prospects for Louisiana and Indiana who have initiated programs that can come to the aid of about a million students a year. DeVos is also unequivocal in her belief that real education choice can be a real success only if it is viewed in a bi-partisan manner by both sides of the political divide.

About digital learning, Betsy DeVos believes that the technology is pretty new and it is too soon to speculate about its seminal impact upon education, but there was no doubt about the fact, that it would eventually have one majorly. She is okay with the concept of homeschooling as well in that it empowers parents to be in charge of their children’s education. She is fine with charter schools also but does not believe that they are the definitive solution for all of the education sector’s problems, especially in light of the fact that it takes time and money to get charter schools up and running.

DeVos really feels for the children of the nation and nothing would make her happier than seeing them receive the best possible education in schools of their parents’ choice, notwithstanding the region or area they hail from. Truly DeVos’s involvement in the nation’s education sector runs really deep as evidenced by the years she has spent developing her understanding of it and the hands-on experience she has through her involvement in advocacy, philanthropy, and charity. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.

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