The Dedication Of Betsy DeVos In Enacting Educational Reform In The United States

As the Chairperson of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Betsy DeVos is considered as a leading personality in educational reform and other charitable causes. In 1989, she founded this entity alongside her husband with the aim of effecting transformative change in the American society. Betsy DeVos ventured into the political arena as a student of Calvin College, and to-date has held several positions of leadership in the Michigan Republican Party.

Her interest in educational reform began while she was volunteering at the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For a long time, the institution has catered to the needs of low-income families and at-risk children in the region. Up to this day, Betsy DeVos still actively support Potter’s House because she believes the institution promotes choice in education. She is of the opinion that if she was able to choose a good school for her children, then every parent should be given the opportunity to do so. This motivated her to work with foundations that would provide scholarships so as to promote school choice early in her career. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

In the 1990s, Betsy DeVos served on the boards of American Education Reform Council and Children First America; charities that worked towards the implementation of educational choice through the use of tax credits and vouchers. To this end, she established the Great Lakes Education Project to propel the shift towards educational reform. Currently, the movement operates in 17 states, with more than 250,000 students benefiting from school choice. These students learn in 33 private-choice institutions that are publicly funded.

Betsy DeVos says that the movement’s greatest achievement can be witnessed in Florida, with more than 50,000 students enrolled in the state’s tax-credit scholarship program. Based on the number of enrolled students, the system bears the longest educational choice period. There have also been significant steps witnessed in Indiana and Louisiana.

She advocates for freedom in education through vouchers, tax credits, as well as other less-known approaches such as digital learning, home schooling, magnet schools, virtual schools, and charter schools. Her primary objective in educational reform is to ensure that parents select appropriate schools that will enable their children to unlock their full potential.

About Betsy DeVos

Elisabeth “Betsy” Dee DeVos currently serves in President Trump’s administration as the Secretary of Education. For over 30 years, she has been engaged in educational policy as a voice of reason for the parents, and a representative for the children. During this period, she has worked with All Children Matter and Alliance for School Choice. These two organizations later merged to form the American Federation for Children.

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/01/dick_and_betsy_devos_lift_the.html

Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, run their own charter school known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy. She also serves as the Windquest Group’s Chairman, a privately-held group of companies with diversified investments in clean energy, manufacturing, and technology.

She is very passionate about availing quality education to underserved American children. Betsy DeVos attended Calvin College, and holds a B.A degree from the institution.

New York Charter School Success Academy Turns Former Prison Quarters into Learning Academy

Earlier this week, New York-based Success Academy announced their plans to build their 2nd charter high school site in the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse in Melrose.
The new site, to be named the Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts, becomes the second secondary school site to be offered by the state’s public charter school program.
A spokesperson for the Success Academy stated that the additional high school is necessary because the network’s [only] other high school is located in mid-town Manhattan.
The Academy has received recent recognition for their academic achievements of high English and math proficiency rates, approaching 100 percent. This is contrasted with the adjacent traditional public schools that score in the low-mid teens on the same tests. The charter school attributes their success to an authoritative approach consisting of consistent rule-enforcement and discipline and hard work that often includes long days and challenging curriculum.
When compared to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in Southern California, the Success Academy’s exceptional performance really stands out. The LAUSD’s Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools cost taxpayers $578 million, has an aquatic center and an auditorium that has been compared to exclusive night clubs in the area. Yet, the school maintains a ranking placing it in the bottom 30 percentile of comparable school sites.
Another similar situation exists with the LAUSD’s Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, with a $377 million price tag, dance and theater studios and the school site even has underground parking. Disappointingly though, the school’s math proficiency rate is a meager 17 percent.
Earlier this year the Success Academy received the Broad Prize for Charter Schools Award. Presented by the Eli and Edyth Broad Foundation, the award recognized the Academy’s transformation of the landscape of New York’s public education and in the process altered the formerly negative perceptions about the prospects available to the state’s disadvantaged students.
About Success Academy
Founded by former councilwoman, Eva Moskowitz, the charter program began with a single school site in Harlem in 2006. Today  the Success Academy operates 41 separate school sites statewide.
The Academy’s leadership received recognition from President-elect Donald Trump, who considered the program’s founder for appointment to his cabinet as Secretary of State.