Dick Devos and his efforts in Education

Dick DeVos is a notable figure in the educations sector. Due to his efforts to reform the sector, he has earned herself the nickname of a ‘reformer’. Recently, His wife Betsy Devos had an interview with Philanthropy magazine where he talked much about his careers and issues affecting the education sector. She has since been involved with various initiatives right from the time he was involved in campus politics. She has led various campaigns for the last 30 years. These would include political action committees and party organizations.
Just like in politics, Devos has been active in business by looking for innovative solutions to social problems. She currently serves as the Windquest Group, a company that involves in clean energy, technology and manufacturing. This is a firm she co-founded with her husband in 1989. She is the former president of both Amway and Orlando Magic NBA franchise.
During the interview, she was asked about the role of government in Education. This is where she said that she felt optimistic that the growth of the private school voucher movement is accelerating. She says that within the last year, there has been an exponential growth in the number of students in educational choice programs. She said that she was contented by the fact that educational choice enjoys enormous popularity especially among the Latinos.
Mrs. Devos believes that her involvement in the movement with Dick was gradual right from the time they had school-age children. It was during their visits to schools that they realized parents were more concerned about taking their children to school they felt had safer environments. As a result of this, Mrs. Devos together with her husband Dick DeVos became increasingly concerned about helping other parents, especially those that came from low income families. She says that just as they felt the need to get their children to good schools, they ought to do the same for other parents who could not afford it on their own.
As a result of her political action, she has been in various educational committees. This helped her shape her thinking and thus the need to be more involved in the educational choice movement. She says that they realized they need to have a keen review of themselves and do this in a better manner. This led them to seek the help of various other key players. This is where they formed the American Federation for Children. This would help them have better advocacy for children.

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