It was more than fifty years ago when a writer named Milton Friedman made his first principled argument for school choice. Friedman went on to become a rather formative writer on several major topics. Having said that, Friedman’s words hit their mark when they were consumed by Betsy DeVos during her time at Calvin College. When we say ‘Betsy DeVos’ we are, of course, talking about THE Betsy DeVos, the current Secretary of Education of the United States of America. Betsy DeVos took Friedman’s words to heart and she would use them in order to become the advocate and philanthropic leader that she is today.
As a young, recently married, adult, Betsy DeVos would spend hours on the grassroots campaign trail in order to stump for school choice. DeVos was an advocate in the 90s for education reform, long before it became the center of any major discussion in Washington D.C. During this period of time, Betsy and her husband Dick were constantly visiting schools throughout the country. Their goal was to raise awareness for school choice, the concept introduced by Milton Friedman. The idea of school choice has existed quite a ways outside of the political mainstream, that is until Betsy DeVos came along. Thanks to Betsy’s tireless work, more people than ever are up to speed on the idea of school choice. What does this mean? Well, let’s take a look at the numbers.
Since Betsy DeVos became a school choice advocate, more than 17 states have adopted some level of school choice program within their borders. Due to this surge in school choice adoption, more than 250,000 students have found their way into publicly funded, privately owned facilities. From Louisiana to Michigan, and everywhere in between, school choice has begun to drop an anchor in the mainstream political discussion. All of this progress can be laid at the feet of Betsy DeVos. What’s most impressive about this progress is that DeVos accomplished these tasks without having a title next to her name. Now, Betsy DeVos works directly under the President of the United States of America. Who knows what is coming next?
Despite having a high-level federal position, Betsy DeVos has certainly not allowed it to go to her head. Betsy DeVos is on the road as much as ever as she continues to advocate for school choice. As a dedicated reformer, Betsy DeVos knows that she has a lot of work to do before her mission is accomplished. Betsy DeVos is always flying to Florida and the surrounding states in order to speak on the subject of school choice. With this continued enthusiasm, Betsy DeVos has a real chance at making changes that impact schools on the national level.
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