In the spring of 2013, Betsy DeVos, the 11th US Secretary of Education, gave one of the best interviews ever posted on Philanthropy Round Table.
Years back, Betsy waged a bloody battle with the American education system. Little did she know that her fight to reform the education sector in her home state would turn out to be her ultimate calling in life.
Her journey begins in the mid-eighties. One day Betsy and Dick decided to walk into a local high school as it was the school’s parent’s visiting day. The couple was appalled to witness a scenario whereby the poor parents came to visit the children empty handed. As parents, that scene was heartbreaking.
Betsy’s Turning Point
Upon further inquiry, the duo discovered what was happening. The government offered zero support to parents that chose to send their children to private learning institutions. The government refused to offer assistance in the form of scholarships and lunch vouchers to students enrolled in private schools. It was here, Betsy vowed to never rest until that injustice got reversed.
Soon thereafter, Betsy founded an education system reformist movement which would change the lives of countless millions of people all across the states. To tip the scales favorably for the parents who wished to send their kids to the private schools of their choices, Betsy and Dick DeVos personally bankrolled an ambitious reform program to help the needy students.
According to Betsy’s candid 2013 interview with Philanthropy Round Table, here are some of the proud achievements by the American Foundation for Children:-
- AFC supports about 250,000 underprivileged pupils
- The pro-choice movement is found in 17 states
- AFC adds around 40,000 students, annually
- Organization targets enrolling 1M students in Louisiana and Florida, alone
- AFC has helped several Republicans get into office
Challenges Facing AFC
According to Betsy DeVos, the Democrats pose the biggest challenge to the American Foundation for Children. The Dems have repeatedly frustrated her earnest efforts by opposing crucial motions and bills aimed at improving the ailing American education system. Betsy DeVos pleads with the opposition to refrain from the divisive partisan politics for the sake of the future of the nation.
Read the rest of the interview and hear what Betsy has to say about her bold vision for the future of learning in America. Visit betsyDeVos.com to know more about Betsy.
About Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos, 59, is the 11th American Secretary of Education. Mrs. DeVos got born and raised in North Michigan. The seasoned female politician comes from one of the wealthiest families in the country. Betsy’s strong ties with the Republican Party saw her get appointed as the Republican National Committeewoman in the nineties. Her appointment to head the crucial education docket arose from her relentless pursuit to overhaul the aging and, inefficient education sector.