Rocketship Schools Bridge the Economical Educational Gap

Rocketship Education was brainstormed in 1999 to serve low-income students who can’t afford high-quality education. Rocketship schools are based in Redwood City, Calif. This charter school was founded in 2006 in San Jose, Calif, by Preston Smith and John Danner. Rocketship schools serve the states California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and in Washington, D.C. Students are taught at levels kindergarten through fifth grade. Apple Tree Institute in Washington, D.C. has a special preschool. By 2017, Rocketship Schools was changed to Rocketship Education. The charter school employs 501 to 1001 people.

Rocketship began in 2007, opening its first San Jose school at the Mateo Sheedy School. In four years, the Rocket schools expanded to five special schools in the San Jose area. Two years later, the Rocket schools opened the first Wisconsin school and its eighth school in San Jose. More than 400 parents ran a campaign to open a rocketship school in Redwood, California in 2015.

In addition to providing a quality education, 90 percent of the students qualify for the free lunch program. Of all the students in the rocketship school program, 75 percent of the students speak English as a second language. Every child enrolled in the program has a better chance to one day get into a four-year college. The students who have been a part of the rocket program from the beginning went on to regular middle school. The rocketship students were more advanced than the students who previously attended regular elementary schools. Prior to rocketship schools, children from low-income families have been known as low performers. The system  has been working for over 12 years to change the image of children from low-income areas. High achieving students have typically come from affluent neighborhoods. Generally, children from affluent neighborhoods are qualified for academic help that low-income families aren’t. Read more about free lunch program here https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/is-a-charter-school-chain-called-rocketship-ready-to-soar-across-america/2012/07/29/gJQASrShIX_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.247aab0b56cf (edited)

Parents want to send their children to the best schools. One of the top reasons people choose the neighborhoods they move into has to do with the quality of the schools. Rocketship schools enrollment have 70 percent of children from impoverished neighborhoods. Rocketship schools will close the economic gap. Read more here.

Betsy Devos Talks about Education Reforms in America

Betsy Devo’s philanthropic work began more than three decades ago while she was still a student. The young Betsy participated in campus politics, and she has remained politically active years after her graduation. Betsy Devos has led a lot of campaigns, political action committees, and party organizations. That includes six years where she chaired the Michigan Republican Party.

Most of the people who have been close to Betsy usually describe her as a strong and outspoken woman who is actively committed to social reforms. The reformation tendency runs deep in the family. Besides being active in politics, Betsy is also a renowned businesswoman who has built a vast fortune over the years. Betsy chairs the Windquest Group, a company that focuses on technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. She co-founded Windquest Group with her husband, Dick in 1989.

Betsy Devos pursues her philanthropic and reformation agenda by playing a variety of non-profit roles. She chairs the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation, which has been championing various philanthropic causes in Michigan and America as a whole. Besides, Betsy is also a member of some National and local boards that include Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is one of the renowned advocates for reformation of the education sector in the U.S. Betsy chairs the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. Philanthropy recently caught up with her during an interview where she spoke on some issues. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

Betsy Devos has spent a huge part of her life in philanthropic efforts, which mostly touches on education in Michigan and school choice. During the interview, Betsy noted that she is impressed by the progress of the school choice movement. The movement has seen more than 250,000 students get admissions in 33 publicly funded, private choice programs.

Betsy Devos notes that she became part of the motion that at one point was seen as being radical when they had school-age children. Betsy and her husband Dick visited the Potter’s House Christian School, which mainly serves a part of the Grand Rapids which has a significant number of low-income families. Betsy and her husband were moved by the situation at the institution, and since then they committed to helping individual students at the school.

Betsy Devos commitment to educational reforms is well articulated through their Family Foundation. The Foundation’s giving is firmly anchored in faith and focuses on leveraging support, accelerating changes and promoting leadership in five main areas, namely arts, community, justice, and education leadership. By the year 2015, the Devos Family Foundation had given out more than $11.6 million which saw the foundation ranked 24th among the America’s top charitable givers. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.