Betsy DeVos has been something of a local legend for the role of education in her home state of Michigan. DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, have been tireless workers in the realm of school choice and private vouchers for educational reform. Betsy has, I believe, been one of the most vocal proponents of school choice over the past 30 years and it has been her work that has brought the concept into the mainstream. Betsy has done a great many things in her political life but she has always been focused on the good of the children, no matter how many obstacles got in her way. Let’s take a look at how much work Mrs. DeVos has done to get us to this point.
We can go back nearly 30 years to see that Betsy DeVos has been a warrior for school choice basically since Milton Friedman wrote, “The Role of Government in Education“. School choice, for as obvious as it seems to some people, hasn’t always been a popular perspective to take on education and, for awhile, DeVos was sitting on the fringes fighting alone for what she thought was right. Now, 30 years later, DeVos has been joined by many others rallying around her work. Mrs. DeVos points out that nearly a quarter of a million total students are in the school choice program throughout 33 publicly funded schools that dot 17 different states in America.
This past year Betsy DeVos moved out of the local political scene after being nominated by Donald Trump for the role of Secretary of Education. DeVos joins the rest of President Trump’s administration as they seek to re-focus and re-tool the nation in their own image. DeVos has never had a better chance to really make school choice a priority around the nation and you can bet that she is going to take it.
It’s easy to read about school choice as a concept but it isn’t something that many people have run toward. If you follow Betsy DeVos’s lead then you’ll see how it can be beneficial. Betsy DeVos was drawn to school choice after a chance visit at the Potter Christian House years and years ago. On that visit Betsy DeVos wanted to focus on how children reacted to being in a school choice classroom. What she saw was a room full of children that were excited to learn, compassionate for one another, and ready to make education an important part of their lives. What more could DeVos have asked for? Right now Betsy DeVos is focusing on both Indiana and Louisiana as two states that are working toward passing major legislation in order to allow school choice to become more popular than ever.
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