In the urban school setting, there is a sense of dread and an ominous almost pervasive sense of futility that education is the last thing on the mind of the students. It is surviving the rigors of an ever-present peer sub culture of sex, violence and drugs that makes ‘reading, writing, and arithmetic’, a mere dream. Many parents of Latino children find that in order to help their children to grow and learn an alternate choice to the public education system is an imperative. Betsy Devos is an advocate for alternatives and a staunch supporter of educational choice for any parent who wishes their children to be the very best they can be.
With the beginnings in the 1980s and the Potter’s House Christian School as a base Betsy Devos and her husband Dick began what has become a lifelong mission to allow parents to “have their kids in an environment that was safe, where they were learning, and where the atmosphere was just electric with curiosity, with love for one another.” Their philanthropic efforts began with a few scholarships at the school, but have grown over the years to a supportive effort at a much greater level. Read more news on Los Angeles Times.
Seeing that there was a greater need not only locally in the Michigan area Betsy Devos realized that a national effort was required and so spawned the American Federation for Children. A far reaching cohesive group funded by likeminded entrepreneurs to ensure that every child can be educated “regardless of their zip code.” It is clear that one of the greatest success stories is the state of Florida where the ‘Step Up’ program allows for the parents to choose where their children are educated. This state-run scholarship program is only one of the many diverse voucher systems that allow the Latino community to send their children to private Catholic Schools. In addition, with the support of two other school choice advocate governors; Louisiana and Indiana offer similar programs to their school age children. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Betsy Devos has been an advocate for education for many years and has been part of the political system in Michigan with her husband Dick. She has chaired many committees and overseen numerous political action groups, but none more rewarding than being named Secretary of Education by the now President Donald Trump. It is from this appointment that the dream of Betsy Devos, “That all parents, regardless of their zip code, have had the opportunity to choose the best educational setting for their children. And that all students have had the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential.” Betsy Devos is the essence of a true American and her love of her own children has been the catalyst for the education of the poor.