Knowing All About The Views Of Betsy DeVos On Education

Betsy DeVos is all set to become the Secretary of Education. This has been announced by President Trump.

She has a number of things to her credit. But she is most known for her prominent stance on having the option of choosing a school. This means that parents should have the option to choose the school where they would like their children to study. This is a different approach as compared to the traditional one adopted by parents for selecting a school for their kids.

Betsy DeVos has a plan to bring in this change. She wants to introduce a voucher system. This way federal funding will reach these schools. This is because she knows that parents are not able to afford many schools. This is why federal funding is required for providing financial aid. This will ensure that parents can afford the fee for the school that they have chosen for their children. This can be a public school, or a private school, or a charter school.

Betsy DeVos wants to give the power of choice to all parents. She realized this disparity when she sent her own children to school. She realized that she could afford any school that she wanted for her kids. But she also realized here that there was a massive impact of this choice on the life of her kids.

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Betsy DeVos belongs to an affluent family. Hence she had the power to make a choice. But she also realized that this was not possible for everyone. The main reason here was the financial problems. This is why she is looking now for alternative options to make it possible.

She wants that money should follow each child. The child should not have to bother about money. The State should focus on kids and not look at the money. Betsy DeVos also feels that the education system of today is not letting the youth get the opportunity to realize the American dream.

She wants that children should not miss out going to a school of their choice, for any reason whatsoever. Hence she would like this closed education system to become an open system. This way rather than a few having this option of choosing a school; all parents would have this option.

Betsy DeVos is innovating this way. She feels that people deserve to make a choice. She also considers it to be the duty of the State to provide this choice to them. She wants to make this a reality once she becomes the Secretary of Education.

Currently, President Trump has already proposed $20 billion as federal funding to be used for voucher programs. Now states will be persuaded to invest another $110 billion. This will be for vouchers and charter schools. This means that each child gets $12,000 for spending on education. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.

George Soros Businessman with a Cause

George Soros is no doubt an economic power. According to his Forbes profile, Soros put himself through the London School of Economics and eventually made his way to New York City where he started his own hedge fund. George Soros established his own hedge fund on Wall Street in 1969 and currently invests through Soros Fund Management. His net worth reported by Forbes on 4/17/2017 is $25.2 billion. Soros uses his wealth to further causes that are important to him and to further social and economic justice.

As mentioned in a Politico article titled “George Soros Rises Again“, Soros has spent a great deal of money contributing to Democratic causes. He reportedly spent $27 million to try to help John Kerry defeat George W. Bush. Soros was outspoken about the necessity of President Bush not being re-elected. When Kerry did not win the Presidency, Soros turned his attention to contributing to global causes focusing on human rights, health care access, and other humanitarian causes. He still contributed to campaigns in the United States as well but not on the level that he did in 2004. Read more about George at The New York Times.

In 2016, Soros contributed to several super PACs to support Hillary Clinton. Soros donated $7 million to a super PAC backing Clinton. He pledged another $5 to a PAC aimed at mobilizing Hispanic voters in key swing states. He has also donated to groups fighting the restriction of voting rights and access, local Democratic and Senate campaigns, and other groups that support liberal causes.

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It is discussed in the Politico article that Soros returning to political spending at the levels in the 2016 election, could encourage other wealthy donors to spend more heavily on similar causes. Soros and other wealthy liberal donors helped Clinton to gain a financial advantage over the Trump campaign. George Soros has the potential to encourage more donations to causes that he is passionate about and thus giving those causes traction in future campaigns.

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Dick DeVos’ Family and Career Journey

Dick DeVos is Richard DeVos’ eldest son. Richard DeVos co-owns Amway Corporation with Jay Van Andel. The Amway Corporation sells its health, household, and personal care products through network sales. Amway’s dealers recruit second level distributors, who in turn recruit next tier dealers with the final dealers being the customers.

 

DeVos began his career at Amway Corporation in 1974. Here, he held various positions in different company’s departments. In 1984, Amway named DeVos as its Vice President in 18 countries to probably gain extensive experience in international investment. Leveraging his immense knowledge in global-level investments, Dick DeVos left Amway Corporation in 1989 to start a new venture, The Windquest Group.

 

In 1991, Dick DeVos’ father, Richard DeVos acquired the Orlando Magic Basketball and appointed DeVos as its manager. While serving as the director of National Basket Association, Dick DeVos would also manage the operations of the Windquest Group. However, two years later, in 1993, Dick DeVos succeeded his father as Amway’s president. With an extensive experience in management, DeVos initiated the restructuring of Amway Corporation in 2000. As a result, he endorsed the formation of an umbrella firm, the Alticor Corporation. The Alticor Corporation comprises of Quixtar Corporation, Amway Corporation, and the Access Business Group. Under the umbrella company, the Alticor Corporation, Amway expanded its addressable market to over 50 countries and territories in six continents.

 

In 2002, Dick DeVos stepped down as Alticor’s president to concentrate on his private business venture, the Windquest Group, and political causes. With a distinguished track record in business leadership, Dick DeVos decided to contend for the governorship in Michigan State on the Republican ticket. By then, DeVos was considered as the wealthiest Republican to vie for the governorship in the State of Michigan. Although wealth seems instrumental in political campaigns, in DeVos’ case, money proved to be of little help. Unfortunately, Jennifer Granholm, the Republican, won the election by a 14 point margin.

 

Dick DeVos’ Family

 

Dick DeVos is married to Elizabeth Prince, a daughter of Edgar Prince. Edgar Prince is the owner and Chief Operating Officer of Prince Corporation of Holland, Michigan. Furthermore, Erick Prince, Elizabeth’s brother, founded the North Carolina-based Blackwater private security firm. Besides, Erick Prince was active in security services in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, DeVos and Elizabeth has four children, Ryan, Rick, Andrea, and Elissa.