Betsy DeVos is the education secretary in the United States. She comes off as your typical sophisticated and well to do woman that are fairly simple to find in this nation. DeVos is seen as overly polite, and perhaps not someone who would seem like a natural fit for an important position in the deciding factors of education in the nation. First impressions such as the main consensus concerning DeVos are not something to use as an indicator on how she will handle her position. Looking over her history with education funding and her last year as education secretary, it is clear that Betsy DeVos is a well mannered and strong politically active woman concerning education.
DeVos has worked with education funding for many years. Her husband and Betsy began their mutual interest in education when they had their own children. They began setting up voucher programs and scholarships for students with potential, but not the means to reach their potential. This is what DeVos has vocalized as her goal to revolutionize the education system in this country.
DeVos was initially believed to be too well mannered to speak up or deviate from the president on education decisions. She has proven in her last year as education secretary that she is fully compatible with speaking up about her different opinion from the president. One example is her firm stance that transgender students should be permitted to use the restroom of the gender they identify with so they feel comfortable and safe while attending school. She did praise the president’s decision to remove the bathroom bill though, because it allows schools to make their own decision on this issue without the government making and forcing that decision.
Following the school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day, DeVos yet again proved herself as someone fit for her position. She spoke up immediately following the shooting that it should be discussed and that mental health needs to be more front and center across the nation. She has been pushing for an active discussion on the matter within congress, along with many of the representatives of both parties.
DeVos will continue to be a polite, yet powerful activist within the education field in this country. Her pushes for a debate following the shooting in Florida, her concerns on issues she disagrees with from the president, and her long work with school funding for students make it clear she will be a strong education secretary.
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Mrs. DeVos is a wonderfully gracious woman who has been so very caring about education helping and being a generally kind human being. Her mother being a school teacher definitely started Mrs. DeVos on her education loving quest and allowed her to be open to campus Politics at Calvin College and staying educationally involved. Really starting to give back financially when her own children were at school age that not just anyone can get into whichever school they want. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.
Betsy is married to Dick DeVos who shares similar interests, and they have four children together. Mrs. DeVos and her husband set out to, in a simple phrase, make the world a better place. Betsy is currently the chairman of a clean energy organization named the Windquest Group. She and her husband founded the in 1989. Mrs. Devos has a great variety of charitable interests ranging from education to clean energy. This woman doesn’t cease to amaze. She also was nominated and appointed to be the 11th U.S. secretary of education. Nominated by President Trump himself.
Mrs. Betsy DeVos is passionate for so much but especially about helping underprivileged children get access to the education they need. Mrs.DeVos has been interested in education policies for almost 30 years. Speaking up for the children and parents alike in order to ensure that, not just some, but everyone can get the quality education they deserve. Mrs. DeVos has been on the boards of a great number of local charitable and civic organizations as well as national ones serving in her own way. One of her biggest successes was Florida’s scholarship program. Florida has enjoyed the nation’s large amount of education choices for a pretty long time and has a great number of students to prove it. With currently over 90,000 students going to the school of their own choice. Mrs. DeVos is trying to tear away the universal thought that puts students in a school based on the location of their home. She speaks up for all the freedom you can possibly have. If only everyone had a heart and push like Betsy DeVos. Visit the website U.S. Department of Education to know more.
While some say that money cannot buy happiness, it can be help your social or political platform when it comes as a large donation from George Soros- one of the richest men in the world. An active octogenarian, Mr. Soros is passionate about international and progressive political issues and has contributed millions to national and international elections, immigration rights, supporting clean environment and the decriminalization of marijuana. According to Forbes magazine’s 2016 list of the World’s 100 richest people, Mr. Soros is ranked number 22 and his wealth is estimated to be over $20.0 billion.
Although born to wealthy parents in Hungary in 1930, George and his family experienced ethnic and religious persecution as a Jewish family during the Nazi invasion of their country in the early 1940s. After leaving his country, George moved to London and obtained a degree in Finance from the London School of Economics and began working in the financial industry shortly thereafter. As noted in an Forbes article profiling this billionaire,” most of George Soros,wealth was made when he created his own hedge fund in 1969 with $12 million; it was later rebranded the Quantum Fund.” Today his family business is known as the Soros Fund and is considered one of the most successful financial companies in the world. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.
While many of us would be hesitating to contribute millions towards any candidate, Mr. Soros does not retreat, easily, even if the candidates he donates millions to loses the race. Kenneth P. Vogel’s , “George Soros rises again“, Politico magazine, 7/27/16, discusses Mr. Soros return to politics by contributing over $25 million towards Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Over ten years earlier, he gave $27 million to the Democratic Presidential candidate but suffered a major disappointment when Republican candidate George W. Bush was elected the President in 2004. Mr. Vogel points out that Soros is not the only billionaire who made deep donations towards the 2016 Presidential election. Like Soros, San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer and New York hedge funder Don Sussman are two other wealthy benefactors who gave generously to liberal causes during the recent national election.
As we all continue to exhale and adjust to the newly elected President, Donald Trump, let us hope that Soros, and other billionaires like him, continues to rank high as a political and social philanthropist by contributing to progressive causes that protect our freedom, the environment and those less fortunate.
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