In a recent interview, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos submitted to wide-ranging questioning about a host of different issues. DeVos was appointed by President Donald Trump Secretary of Education and the beginning of his term in office.
DeVos is the daughter of a wealthy Michigan family who married Dick DeVos, the son of the founder of AmWay. She has been active in philanthropic work for years. This has included donating time and money to programs designed to improve the education of children in the United States. In this regard, DeVos has been an outspoken advocate for school choice.
During her interview, DeVos stated she is optimistic about the state of school choice in the United States at this time. She noted that there are approximately a quarter of a million students enrolled in 33 publicly funded private choice schools in 17 states and Washington, D.C. She noted that these programs are expanding, remarking that in the past year, 40,000 more students were enrolled in publicly funded private choice programs that were a year earlier. She added that polling in states where school choice, including voucher programs, are available indicates that these programs are highly popular.
DeVos traces her interest in school choice to the time her own children entered primary school. She and her husband enrolled them in a Grand Rapids private, religious school.
DeVos dedication to education broadly speaking has taken her from supporting programs, with time, talent, and money, in Michigan and across the United States. She was on the board of directors of the Kennedy Foundation and developed and now assists in funding an education program through this iconic organization.
In addition to her philanthropic work, DeVos has been involved in politics for an extended period of time, long before her appointment as Secretary of Education. She served as the Chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. Her husband ran for Governor of Michigan.
DeVos believes her biggest success to date is her work on the Florida tax-credit scholarship program. Since its creation in the Sunshine State, Florida has over 50,000 students attending schools of their choices. She advocates for the replication of this type of programming in other states.
In rounding out her interview, DeVos underscored that she believes bipartisanship is crucial to improving the U.S. education system. She hopes to be able to accomplish meaningful bipartisan initiatives during her time as U.S. Secretary of Education. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/policy-involvement/