Betsy Devos, President Donald Trump’s choice to serve as United States Secretary Of Education, has devoted her career to passionate advocacy on behalf of American schoolchildren. For decades, she has been a vocal proponent of quality education for all students, regardless of race, geographic location, and socioeconomic status. Devos stands firmly committed to her principled view that an exceptional education is not an endowment for the privileged few, but a cherished right for every American child. For decades, she has been at the forefront of the formulation of innovative ideas and policy solutions to ensure that her vision becomes a reality.
Mrs. Betsy Devos appreciation for education was cultivated by her schoolteacher mother. It was deepened by her experience with children who have not enjoyed the level of educational opportunity to which she and her children were exposed. As an in-school mentor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she witnessed the challenges facing at-risk students and their parents. In her hometown, she noted the struggles of families contending with deficiencies in education opportunities and the fight to broaden the spectrum of those opportunities. She has also served on the board of two non-profits that advocate for expanded educational choice through vouchers and tax credits. In addition, as chair of the Michigan Republican Party, she formed a political action committee that sought to develop a network of charter schools in Michigan. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
In an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, Mrs. Devos discussed her optimism about the future of private school voucher programs in the United States. School choice programs are being implemented and expanded in state after state, are becoming increasingly popular among students and parents, and have particular appeal to minority populations. Devos believes that we do not have to be complacent with failing public school systems that are compromising the future of our children. As more Americans are becoming familiar with school choice, they are coming to the realization that there are viable alternatives to their child’s local public school.
Devos cites Florida’s school choice as one of her most prominent achievements. In Florida, the program has gained traction among politicians and the public; the program’s astounding success has enabled it to withstand all efforts to impede the continuity of the program. Mrs. Devos firmly believes that as long as policymakers can overcome partisan considerations, especially Democrats’ relationship with the teachers unions, the program will achieve this level of success in many more states.
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In her role as Secretary of Education, Mrs. Devos plans to work with President Trump to expand on the work to which she has dedicated her career. She will continue to promote opportunity, return education to the domain of the states and localities, and empower parents and children to maximize their education opportunities towards a brighter future for our nation.