DeVos and Hess Discuss Revolutionizing the Current Education System

By Lisa Telliga

AFC Chairman Betsy DeVos and AEI’s Rick Hess discuss innovating education at SPN’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Education in this country is in dire need of a revolution. Our schools were once the envy of the world, but now they are stagnant and failing many students.

This morning during the 2015 State Policy Network Annual Meeting, AFC Chairman, Betsy DeVos, joined Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at AEI, for a discussion on the power of educational choice and how school choice programs are the pathway to innovating our nation’s antiquated education system.

DeVos made a clear case that the current system needs to be opened up to allow for choice, innovation and freedom so that all children have access to a high quality education. When asked by Hess, “How do we get an open system?” DeVos replied “Public policy and our willingness to change the status quo.”

The duo emphasized the importance of focusing on each individual child instead of the system’s current one size fits all, top down approach to get real results and improvement in our nation’s classrooms. They also discussed how the New Orleans school choice model and the innovative new programs passed in Nevada are challenging the status quo and leading the way in school choice policies.

By changing the status quo and empowering parents with the ability to choose the best school for their child, schools will continue to innovate, our nation’s education system will improve and students will have the best chance for success!

Earlier this year, DeVos discussed this same topic during a solo session at SXSWedu. See her full remarks from the event here: