The role of the government in regards to providing quality education to the citizens of the United States has always been a nebulous topic, at best. We’ve often heard horror stories of government funded schools struggling to make ends meet, forcing teachers to pony up and pay for their own supplies. That is why we were so interested when Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Education by the Trump Administration. DeVos is a devout private school and voucher program advocate and she is promising to bring in a realm of change to the role of government in schools. DeVos broke down what her future goals are and how she has been influenced by her past in order to give an enlightening interview.
As we alluded to above, Betsy DeVos is a devout believer in the private choice programs that are going into effect in so many different states around the country. DeVos herself has been stumping for more private choice schooling options ever since Milton Friedman’s book, ‘The Role of Government in Education’, began to gain some serious traction. DeVos points out that there are 17 states participating in private choice school programs that include 33 schools and a quarter of a million students. Private choice schooling options are no longer considered a fringe choice in education and you can thank the DeVos family for this, at least in part.
Betsy DeVos knows that she can’t peg her affinity to school choice down to a single moment, but she does recall a visit to the Potter’s House Christian School so many years ago. DeVos said that during the meeting at the school, which was made with her husband Dick DeVos, she noticed that the school was absolutely electric with potential and the pursuit of knowledge. DeVos says, “We met parents who were doing everything in their power to have their kids in an environment that was safe, where they were learning, and where the atmosphere was just electric with curiosity.” Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.
DeVos has been more than just an admiring bystander during this entire process. During the early 1990s Betsy served on the boards of two important charities that were focused on public school choice: Children First America as well as the American Education Reform Council. Her work here was focused on making a political movement that would garner school choice some momentum in order to really make a difference. Of course, DeVos has done far more than just mingle on charity boards. She was also the chair at the Michigan Republican party where she worked hard to try to get state legislation passed to enforce a voucher system for public school options. It is easy to see that this topic means a great deal to DeVos and millions of other Americans.