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Putting Kids First: A Conversation with Secretary Betsy DeVos
Join PRI on August 16 for a live webinar with Secretary Betsy DeVos, author of the new book Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child (Center Street Books), in conversation with Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education.

Register today to watch what will be a timely and informative discussion on we can expand school choice options for every student and parent, how to improve student performance, how to roll back government intrusion into classroom learning, and other key education reform topics.

Aug 16, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Secretary Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos is a leader, an innovator, a disruptor, and a champion for freedom. Having served as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education from 2017-2021, she delivered historic reforms to improve education and ensure civil rights are protected. For more than three decades she’s led the fight for policies that allow students and their parents the freedom to choose the best educational option for them. Betsy is the former chair of the American Federation for Children, The Philanthropy Roundtable, and the Michigan Republican Party, and has served on numerous boards, including the Kennedy Center and the American Enterprise Institute. She is a graduate of Calvin College and is married to entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community activist Dick DeVos. Together, they have four children and ten grandchildren.
Lance Izumi
Lance Izumi is Senior Director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute. He has written and produced books, studies and films on a wide variety of education topics. Most recently, he is the author of the 2017 book The Corrupt Classroom and the 2019 book Choosing Diversity: How Charter Schools Promote Diverse Learning Models and Meet the Diverse Needs of Parents and Children. In 2016-17, Lance served on President Trump’s transition Agency Action Team for education policy. As a member of the transition team, he drafted policy papers and recommendations for consideration by the Trump administration. From 2004 to 2015, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation, and served two terms as president of the Board.