Fifty years ago Milton Friedman penned one of his most influential works, ‘The Role of Government in Education’. The paper would end up detailing how important it was for parents to have the chance to choose the schooling that made the most sense for their child without the interference of the government in that decision. While Friedman’s work didn’t immediately catch on, current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has helped his words become magnified by carrying the torch onward. Betsy DeVos is the newest Secretary of Education in the United States and she is serving at the behest of President Trump who has given her his full mandate to pursue reform in a principled and conservative manner.
For Betsy DeVos, the idea of school choice spreading throughout the nation has never looked more possible and it is due in large part to her own hard work in the field. For more than 30 years, Betsy DeVos worked as a private citizen in order to make known the impact that school choice could have on children throughout the nation. Not only did she spread the word of the system, she got involved in a variety of political capacities by serving as the chairman on six different committees and even establishing several of her own foundations including the American Federation for Children as well as the Alliance for School Choice.
Betsy DeVos’s optimism over the years would help to spread school choice to 17 different states, 30+ different institutions, and more than 250,000 individual students. To say that Betsy DeVos was effective in her work would be an understatement. DeVos absolutely crushed it at touting conservative education reform. With that kind of success as a private citizen, we can only imagine what Betsy DeVos has for us with her newest role in the federal government.
Betsy DeVos’s faith in school choice hasn’t been secluded to just papers written by supporters who came before her. In fact, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos have been absolutely hands-on in their support of school choice. Betsy DeVos cites visiting the Potter’s House Christian School as one of the most inspiring moments for her faith in school choice. The Potter’s House Christian School is located in Grand Rapids and it is a school choice environment aimed at helping children from low-income families. DeVos described the facility as ‘electric with curiosity’ and ‘love for one another’. The DeVos’s have since been hands-on in their support of the facility, donating both time and money in order to keep it up and running. With that kind of emotional investment into the topic, it is only a matter of time until Betsy DeVos gets school choice to spread throughout the nation.
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