For those of you who are concerned about the role of billionaire philanthropists in education, you have a bigger worry. Betsy DeVos has been an avid advocate for private school vouchers. DeVos is from Michigan, a state with rampant charter school scandals. She was also chairwoman of Alliance for School Choice and the All Schools Matter PAC as well as a board member of a number of other education organizations. She points to Florida as her biggest success with the American Federation for Children which supported the corporate tax credit scholarship program. Her ties to Florida also include Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education where she is a board member.
Some people grow into a job, but DeVos’ past is likely to be her prologue. She had experience with a private school where parents were working hard to help their children succeed. From that beginning, she evidently generalized that private schools were better than public ones. Parents who chose to leave public schools, one assumes, will try harder to help their children succeed. The end result is increased segregation, less choice and little accountability.