Personal Background and Achievements of Secretary Betsy DeVos

Mrs. Betsy DeVos is the wife of a renowned philanthropist, entrepreneur, politician and activist Dick DeVos. Prior to assuming her new role as the 11th U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy was involved in fighting for education policies that favors all kids in America, including those from minority groups. For nearly 30 years, Mrs. DeVos’ goal was to seek reforms that would benefit underserved students to access better and high standard education. Betsy’s mother was a school teacher, and hence she was very instrumental in developing her (Betsy) instinct towards education while she was still a kid.

The interest grew later in her life after visiting a school in Grand Rapids and realized not all kids in America are accorded equal opportunity to access great education. She had also seen leaders funding projects to increase learning opportunities for kids and at the same time provide parents with more choices. Through those experiences, Mrs. Betsy DeVos joined other activists to advocate for improved educational options all over the United States. She led a movement that focused on empowering parents in the District of Columbia and 25 states. Before she was confirmed, Mrs. DeVos was serving at The Windquest Group together with her husband. She served on boards of many civic and charitable institutions like Mars Hill Bible Church, ArtPrize, Kendall College of Art and Design and other.

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Betsy DeVos’ Achievements

For many years, Mrs. Betsy DeVos has been leading a movement championing for school choice programs in several states in the U.S. Her main focus was to eliminate the mindset that students should attend certain schools based on the zip codes of homes. She has been fighting for freedom among parents when choosing which schools they should send their kids. According to Mrs. DeVos, the days when quality of education was determined by certain school buildings are diminishing quickly. She believes the right legislation should be passed in order to offer healthy education to American children. If digital learning is fully implemented, students will be able to attain their full potential, according to Betsy DeVos.

Mrs. DeVos explained that she utilizes most of her time trying to improve quality of education in America. For the sake of law, she explained that they must comply with campaign-finance statutes and also IRS regulations. She encourages other donors to support her efforts in order to make a difference within the education sector. She believes success will be achieved when parents will have the opportunity to select the right educational option for their kids to enable them fulfill their potential regardless of where they come from. Through her experience and the need to transform the vast education sector in the United States, Mrs. Betsy DeVos will provide her expertise to the government to enable it implement the right policies to favor all students. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.

George Soros Recognizes Danger With Election Results

The recent election did not go the way that many people thought that it would. Even those who did support trump were concerned about the problems that would come if he were the president. Now that he is the president, people are not so sure about what he is going to do and many of them are worried about what it means for the United States. George Soros is just as concerned as other people in the United States and not just because he has spent a lot of money (and time) on political efforts that he put into place.

For George Soros, having a lot of money means that he needs to be able to help people who are not able to help themselves. Education is something that George Soros believes in and something that he wants to be able to help people with. While there are many ways that George Soros could use his money, he knows that education is going to make the biggest difference. Not only does he support education in the sense of helping people go to actual school but he also wants to show people that they can get what they need out of the system that they are a part of when it comes to politics. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.

Knowing about politics and being informed are two very different things. Anyone is able to look at a candidate and see if they align with what they want but it takes someone who is informed to know what their own goals and ambitions are for the way that things are set up in different political situations. George Soros does what he can to show people what options are available to them and what they can do with their own political decisions. Thanks to the opportunities that he has created, George Soros is confident in his ability to help people out.

While it may seem that Soros has only been helping the United States, he has also done different things to help people who are in different countries. This is especially true of European countries that may not have had the right political infrastructure available to them in the past. He donated a lot of money to help these countries be able to get what they needed out of different situations and to set up the opportunities that they had to succeed. Thanks to George Soros, many countries are now able to be as successful as possible.

When it comes to the United States, George Soros is going to do everything that he can to make the country one that people can be comfortable with and proud to live in. This is something that he aims to do and what his efforts have been all about since he first started helping people out with different situations. As far as George Soros is concerned, there is a lot of opportunities available for people who want to be able to have a better and more politically aware country that they are in. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

Dick DeVos Has An Estimated $139 Million In His Non-Political Gifts

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have really put in a lot of work in not only business, but philanthropy and public service and have been one of Michigan’s most well-known education reform activists. The DeVos’s have also given their money to local hospitals, museums, libraries, universities, churches and other special non-profit venues. They’ve never felt it necessary to disclose how much they’ve given over the years, but in light of Betsy DeVos’s nomination to Secretary of Education they finally decided to make the amount known, an estimated $139 million in lifetime giving. That amount is largely exclusive of political campaigns they’ve contributed to over the years.

 

Dick DeVos is the Chairman of The Windquest Group, a company he and Betsy started back in 1989. This company specializes in investments in alternative energy, locally-owned retail shops, clean water bottling and even recently the acquisition of Coppercraft Distillery in Holland, MI. Prior to founding The Windquest Group, Dick worked at his family company, Amway Corporation. This company was co-founded by his father, Richard DeVos Sr. who is also the current owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Dick worked at Amway for over 20 years starting off as a department manager, then later moving up to vice president in 1984 and eventually CEO in 1993. Dick stepped down from Amway and turned the company over to his brother Douglas in 2002.

 

Dick and Betsy started the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1992 through which most of their giving has been channeled. Their giving has primarily been for scholarship programs to help underprivileged families afford private schools, but they’ve also helped fund charter school aid as well. They have even established a charter school that’s open to the public called the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This school is hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Airport and has a specialized curriculum in aviation and aircraft mechanics.

 

Dick was a leader of Grand Action Committee, a board of business and civic leaders that led a commercial and entertainment venue building project for downtown Grand Rapids. Dick and Betsy also helped the Kennedy Center complete its Art Institute building project with a donation over $20 million, and the institute was promptly renamed in their honor. Dick and Betsy are staunch Republican Party supporters with Betsy having served as the Michigan Republican Party chairperson, and Dick ran for governor in 2006 though he came up short. They also led the effort that saw right-to-work legislation get passed in 2012. Dick has given to conservative think tanks and institutions such as Heritage Foundation, the Constitutional Foundation, Hudson Institute and Action Institute. He’s also the author of a 1998 New York Times bestseller on constitutional ideology titled Rediscovering American Values.