What would our world be without proper education? Everyone has had a teacher or professor who has once helped them shape their idea of themselves and the world around them. Education reform is something that can be very slow moving unless there are the proper forces moving behind it. Betsy Devos is one of these forces that has taken it upon herself to become a strong voice in education reform. It was at Calvin College where Devos began her passion when she became involved in campus politics. Since her time at college, she has continued her lifelong pursuit in this field.
In both politics and business, Devos has been pushing for social change. Investing in clean energy is an essential part of her and her husband’s business practices. Dick Devos, her husband, has formerly been the owner of the Orlando Magic and the president of Amway. As the chairman of the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation, she has been able to push for great social change over the years.
Mrs. Devos has been recently working greatly in the field of education reform. Devos is in favor of publicly funded private-choice school options for children. In well over a dozen states, there are around 250,000 children receiving above average education. Educational-choice is a movement that Devos is helping to catch on in America. Statewide voucher programs are being passed in many states. Devos is working to have nationwide voucher programs in the near future.
Devos has been involved in this movement even when it was first getting started and was constantly being labeled as a radical movement. When Devos was raising her children, she met other parents who were in low-income situations. They were trying as hard as they could to get their children into private schools. Seeing this struggle first hand left and impression on Devos. She knew that something had to be done. Seeing how much positive energy came from private schools, Devos believed that every child should have access to this environment that could potentially change the course of their entire future.
Devos says that she believes Florida is the biggest success that she has had yet in her push with the education reform movement. There are now over 50,000 students that are able to attend the school of their choice due to tax-funded scholarship programs. This shows that there are more states that are willing to really become part of this new movement.
It will be exciting to see how far Devos can take this movement with the help of her advocacy and philanthropy. If Devos is able to keep this movement going, we may see a time where nearly every child in every state in America can attend the school of their choice. Time will only tell how far this movement will go. Devos is a strong force in education reform who can be thanked for much of the progress that has already taken place. There are many low-income families that now have the ability to send their children to the schools that will best serve their educational needs.
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