Betsy DeVos – The US Education Secretary

For those who have been following the political education discussion in this country, the US Education Secretary has been a polarizing figure for reform. Her name is Betsy DeVos, and she is the first women to champion educational choice in America.

 

As long as DeVos can remember, she’s been fighting for education reform. As an entrepreneur and business leader, she has used her own funds to support educational reform across the states. In her home state of Michigan, she has become a symbol of education reform. In the early 2000s, she proposed the “Kids First Coalition” bill that would make more educational choice opportunities available to underprivileged students.

 

However, it wasn’t passed. DeVos says that there is a lot of unfair criticism of educational choice. She believes that people don’t know how it works to criticize it. In fact, she has said that saying educational choice uses tax dollars or public funding is completely wrong. Philanthropy has paid for much of the educational choice campaign. Devos has even had some big donors, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

 

While she was the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, DeVos was quite active in educational reform. She worked hard and donated over $35 million so that children were able to go to different schools than where they were zoned. She felt that students had to be put first in a system that wasn’t designed for them.

 

Standardized testing has ruined America’s schools in the minds of some. A recent interview with Leslie Stahl on “60 Minutes” revealed that standardized testing scores are up after 20 years. However, the US continues to be extremely far down on the list in comparison to the rest of the world. In fact, the US still ranks 65th in reading comprehension.

 

DeVos doesn’t believe in common core method as well. Trump has said that it will be removed from the curriculum during his administration, but there hasn’t been much activity on that front. DeVos continues to be a champion for students being able to choose where they go to school despite criticism from public school administrators and teachers.

 

She believes that these groups aren’t putting children first. Instead, they are focusing on getting more money to support programs that don’t support all students in America. DeVos spoke to “60 Minutes” in depth about her plans for the future. She wants to make it so that children can choose where they go to school, whether it’s another public school or a private school.

 

She also wants to make schools safer, and she has put legislation into action to change school campuses. Each campus now has a guardian to protect the school. There have been additional policies to provide teachers with gun training and safety procedures too.

 

For updates, follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.

Betsy DeVos Stands Strong As Secretary of Education

When President Trump was inaugurated at the beginning of his term, the political world was shocked. How did a political outsider go from a fringe candidate to the President of the United States of America? Many people thought that after assuming his position in the Oval Office, President Trump would pivot back toward being a moderate. Instead, President Trump stuck to his campaign promise of bringing in other outsiders in order to address the very real problems that Americans throughout the country were facing. One of President Trump’s most prominent outsider appointments was that of Betsy DeVos who now serves as the Secretary of Education for the Department of Education.

 

Betsy DeVos was brought on board in order to continue her lifelong pursuit of true education reform. Born in a little Dutch community, Betsy DeVos was raised as a reformer. Her brother, Erik Prince, would become an international success thanks to his overseas security contracting company. Her father successfully operated an auto business. Betsy DeVos chose to make education her pride and joy and she has committed her entire life, and much of her fortune, toward making that a reality.

 

After attending Calvin College, Betsy Devos fell in love with the concept of school choice. Inspired by the works of conservative icon Milton Friedman, DeVos and her husband Dick would begin to immediately spread the word about his concept. Friedman believed in a limited role in regards to the government in the realm of education. DeVos took his writing one step further in order to fully embrace school choice and the education voucher system.

 

Essentially, DeVos believes that religious institutions and private schools should receive the same benefits that are rendered unto public schools. Betsy DeVos believes what so many other parents have found to be true: there is no ‘one size fits all’ facility for educating children. Each child is unique and their needs can only be met when at the proper educational institution. With that frame of mind, it is obvious that alternative educational opportunities should be available to children who need them.

 

The DeVos family has done more than just spread the word about school choice, they’ve also financed it. Over the lifetime of the DeVos family, they’ve given more than $1 BILLION dollars to various philanthropic foundations. Betsy DeVos herself has chaired several prominent charities that all aim to reform education. Now, DeVos is operating at the highest level of the field of education and real change is firmly in her grasp.

 

For updates, follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.

Stream Energy: Extending Help to Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The city of Dallas experienced the worst when Hurricane Harvey hit, and alongside the state’s major cities like Austin and Houston, they also experienced damages from the excessive rain coming from the hurricane. Dallas is home to many companies, including Stream Energy, and the effects of the disaster were devastating for the economy. Stream Energy provides affordable energy alternative for people living in Texas and the northeastern United States, and their services were affected heavily by the disaster. However, instead of realizing how much losses the company incurred as the devastation sweeps into the state, Stream Energy decided that they would have to mobilize their rescue team and provide relief to those who were affected.

Stream Energy introduced Stream Cares to the public shortly after the devastation brought by the hurricane. Stream Cares is a philanthropic department which will handle activities that will provide assistance and rescue operations to those who are affected by any disasters. Texas has never seen a hurricane like Harvey, and they were surprised by the power that it unleashed. Hurricane Harvey unleashed its power, destroying everything in its path. The torrential rains coming from the hurricane also resulted in the swelling of rivers across the state, flooding inland cities and towns. Communities were swept away by the flood, while coastal areas were pounded by huge storm surges. Survivors have no way to go but to the evacuation centers, where they will be safe.

As the number of people inside evacuation center swells, Stream Energy decided to step up and provided enough budget to Stream Cares to help those who are in need. The company collected food packs, water, clothes, medicine, and hygienic products to be distributed to those who survived. The company also handed out $20,000 as a donation to the American Red Cross. The company also ensured the survivors that they will be checking their properties and assess the damage cost, allowing them to file claims in their insurance policies. The company also promised that they will help in the restoration of the state’s energy sector, which will enable the power to return to the cities and towns battered by the strong hurricane.

https://patch.com/texas/dallas-ftworth/dallas-based-stream-energy-creates-stream-cares-philanthropy

Joe Arpaios Sentence Being Pardoned, Lacey And Larkin Fight Back

The pardon that was granted to Arpaio has caused a significant amount of unrest all over the country, and rightly so because of the nature of the deeds that Arpaio has committed.

The man, who previously served as the sheriff of Maricopa County first started to be known for the crimes that he was committing after reports began emerging about people who were affected by his deeds. One of the cases that mainly brought light to the acts that he was involved with was the case that involved Lacey and Larkin, two newsmen from Phoenix Arizona.

Lacey and Larkin were two individuals who ran their newspaper when the incident of their arrest took place. They decided to write an article about Arpaio and the acts that he was committing, which is why they were arrested by Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Upon release, they decided to sue Arpaio, which resulted in a case that dragged on for several years before compensation was given to Lacey and Larkin. This led to them forming an organization that would try its best to ensure that justice was delivered to Arpaio for the deeds that he committed.

The case against Arpaio went on longer than it should have. The organization was instrumental in finally seeing some form of development within the matter which otherwise would not have taken place.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was the reason the case was even brought to light, and the reason why so many people came together to stand against Arpaio.

In spite of the large-scale political unrest that emerged within the country, Arpaio was given a lighter sentence than most of the people that he wrongfully convicted.

Even the reasoning for his sentence was not the acts that he committed, but a violation of the court. He was given a sentence of six months, which was also overturned as a result of the Presidential Pardon that was offered to him.

The list of acts that Arpaio was being convicted for is incredibly long and showcases the unjustness of the system. One of the primary activities that Arpaio is being tried for is the rampant racism that he was engaging in during his tenure.

According to him, people belonging to other races living in America were beneath him, which is why he tried as much as possible to inflict injustices upon them. These acts involved a number of heinous crimes which had only increased as he was re-elected to the position of Sheriff of Maricopa County.

Another crime that Arpaio was known for was the conditions that he kept the prisons that he was running in. Arpaio was known to commit a number of crimes on the prisoners, that ranged from torture to denial of necessities.

The number of suicides within these prisons increased, and the number of people in there belonging to the Latin American community in particular increased by the day.

Even though Arpaio is now being considered a free man, Lacey and Larkin still have faith that they can work towards a future in which justice is granted to Arpaio for all of his deeds.

Learn more about Larkin and Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://angel.co/jim-larkin-1

 

The American crime story, Larkin, and Lacey against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Frontera Fund has been helping the groups in the United States such as Latinos to access the rights that protect them as stated in the first amendment. It is only right that the Fund be used in such a way considering how it was founded.

The history of the Frontera Fund

A decade ago, there was a famous case of journalists Jim and Lacey against the then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Joe had been wrongfully detaining Latinos in his county under the false pretext of illegal immigration. Joe used the police force under his wing to illegally profile detainees on the base of race, specifically the Latinos. He would have them detained for several days with no proof of an actual crime. The Latino community became aware of this injustice and brought the issue to the attention of the press. However, no local news outlet would take on the story as they feared Sheriff Arpaio’s wrath.

After several legal complaints against Joe that were all handled away from the public ear, finally in 2011, a public lawsuit was filed. This was when Larkin and Lacey took up the story and began carrying out their research. The pair who were the Executive editor and CEO of the Village Voice Newspaper respectively published an expose on the sheriff, and this made them his enemy. Arpaio went after them and had them arrested for exposing details on an investigation by the grand jury.

Despite the fact that everyone knew Jim and Michael were victims of the dictatorship, the two spent twenty-four days in detainment under harsh conditions. When they were finally set free, they filled a lawsuit against Arpaio and won 3.7 million dollars in settlement. All this drama lead to the eventual arrest and loss of the sheriff seat by Joe until recently when he received president Trump’s presidential pardon that set him free.

The 3.7 million dollars that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey won is settlement was used to launch the now Frontera Fund.

 

Adam Milstein On The 70th Anniversary Of Israel

Adam Milstein is an individual who has made his mark in real estate investment. However, he is a lot more than just a real estate professional. He also has made perhaps an even more notable mark in the field of philanthropy related to Jewish-American causes. He has written many important articles, including his latest one, entitled “Why Americans are celebrating Israel’s 70th.” In this piece, Adam Milstein notes the common bond between the two nations.

First of all, this common bond actually goes back centuries. John Adams, the second U.S. president, once wrote that he wished the Jews could have an independent nation. Even though this did not occur until a hundred and forty-seven years after he left office, the reason he wished for them to have an independent state is because the Jews have shared many of the ideals of the United States. This would include such things as religious freedom, tolerance, Democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and Judeo-Christian values.

Milstein writes that another reason why Americans are celebrating Israel 70 years later would be because both of these countries are committed to changing the world. The US is a facilitator of life-changing inventions, and Israel is known as the first-ever stable democracy within the Middle East. Because Israelis enjoy the same type of freedoms that Americans do, Israel has also become known as the start-up nation in the Middle East – more original companies have started from Israel than in any other part of the region.

Adam Milstein is also quick to point out that both of these countries are recognized as a “melting pot.” For example, the Jews have a spread out to every corner of the globe for thousands of years. They have spread their ideas to every corner of the globe as well. America may have been the first “melting pot”, but Israel is carrying on that same crucial tradition in the Middle East today.

Adam Milstein is proud to be an Israeli-American philanthropist, an Israeli-American activist, and a successful businessman in the United States. As long as there is a breath in him he will continue to fight for the Jewish principles both within the United States and in his mother country of Israel.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/topic/adam-milstein/

The Support that George Soros offeres to Minority Groups

George Soros is a globally recognized individual who has taken part in charity undertakings to support the minority groups. He is devoted to ensuring that there is equity in the world and he implements his ideologies by using the Open Society Foundation. Soros started the organization in the 1970s, and to date, he has contributed $12 billion to facilitate its operations. The charity work of the Open Society Foundation has enabled various civil and human rights activists to fight for freedom of speech, justice, accountability, and transparency in governments. The institution has been defending the rights of the Roma people, who are a Europe-based minority group. It has also been giving hope to oppressed groups that include drug addicts, gay people, and sex workers. Read more about George at The New York Times.

The liberal billionaire is the proprietor of Soros Fund Management, which among the most profitable hedge fund enterprises in the United States. He has been operating the company since 1970 and has generated billions of dollars. George Soros has transformed the lives of many ignored communities by enabling them to access a decent education that can assist them to develop. He has given a substantial percentage of his wealth to facilitate the Open Society Foundations’ undertakings. The organization has branches in more than 100 countries, and it constitutes of several groups, partners, and projects. It has been conducting charity work, and its first beneficiaries were South Africans who were unable to access university education due to the apartheid rule. They were offered scholarships and enrolled in world-class universities abroad. Millions of people have benefited from the work that is done by the Open Society Foundations.

George Soros has always been advocating for justice, and he was one of the greatest contributors to funding the Ferguson protests. He gave money to mobilize civil and human rights groups to take parts in the protests. The billionaire’s aim was to make sure that there was civil action against Darren Wilson who shot Michael Brown yet he didn’t have any weapon. Soros wanted justice for the black man by ensuring the prosecution of the officer who had shot him. The Open Society Foundations collaborated with a couple of groups to mobilize people in the grassroots to transform the crime scene into an important topic of discussion. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.

The Open Society Foundation offered the civil and human rights organization about $33 million to make the protests successful. Most of the groups that it worked with are highly influential in the grassroots. The director of the Open Society Foundations believes that it is proper for societies to build governments that allow freedom of speech, justice, transparency, and involve them in decision-making processes. The Ferguson protests sent a strong message on protecting the lives of the black communities across the United States.

Know more: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

Betsy DeVos Hopes to Level the Playing Field

Betsy DeVos has been selected for the position of Secretary of State by President Donald Trump, and I think that this is an excellent choice. Betsy DeVos is someone that has been proven to be one of the most qualified people for a position such as this. She has been in politics for three decades, and she knows all of the different areas of education that are in needed for education improvement. Betsy DeVos is interested in education, and she has dedicated much of her life to contributing to the education system. She has done a lot on her own for giving to education. She has also done a lot a fundraising for education as well. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her and the way that she has killed herself over the years.

As the wife of Dick DeVos, Betsy has been in the spotlight for a long time. Her husband has ran for president at one time, and this has given her the chance to experience fundraising at the highest level. She knows about politics and the business world as well. I just believe that her qualifications are outstanding for the Secretary of Education position because she is a very well-rounded person. She was raised in a Christian home, and she was a high school graduate of a Catholic high school. She has always put God first and she believes that to which much is given much is required. That may be the reason that she has been so vocal about the school system. She believes that there’s a lot that can be done better, and she is making her way to the stands as the person that can make serious changes. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

The education system definitely is not perfect, but I certainly do believe that it could be much better with the help of Betsy DeVos. She has proven herself as a leader in this area, and there a few people there are going to be able to take the same type of road that she has taken and do more with it than she can. I think that was wise in choosing someone that actually had a passion about education. There were other politicians in place that could have filled this position, but these were obviously just politicians that were passing laws and passing time. There were few that had any real passion for education in the way that Betsy DeVos has shown her passion.

There is a large area of the education arena where there are gaps in the system. Poverty is the thing that creates a huge gap in the education system. What Betsy wants to do is level in the playing field.

Check this article from New York Post.

Keith Mann, Founder, CEO, and Philanthropist

Keith Mann is the Founder and CEO of Dynamics Search Partners (DSP) in New York City, which is dedicated to assisting hedge fund and private equity industries in the United States, Asia, and Europe with their hiring of top-talent investment, internal strategy, and marketing professionals along . DSP fills more than 200 client mandates every year and also helps with building new platforms and other services.

 

As CEO of the executive search firm, Keith Mann is responsible for the daily management and maintaining their track record of successfully pairing leading industry clients with talent of all levels and geographies.

 

Mann was previously a Managing Director at his Dynamics Executive Search, which later was formed into DSP, where he recruited for financial services firms worldwide after realizing that the rapidly-growing hedge fund industry was being under-served by the search community. Mann has worked in the executive search industry for more than 15 years and is known as an expert in hedge fund staffing, compensation, and hiring strategy.

 

On a personal level, Mann credits his morning exercise before work for helping him stay focused and work efficiently throughout the day. He always wanted to be his own boss and find a need that he could fill. He would not do anything differently if he were to start again. He feels blessed to work with wonderful and intelligent people with excellent ideas. Incorporating technology in everything they do has been a tremendous time saver for his team.

 

When asked what people have influenced his thinking, he says that Michael Bloomberg immediately comes to mind because he has accomplished so much in his life and leads by example.

 

As part of his philanthropy, the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement is designed to give recognition to the coming generation of innovative business leaders. Applicants will submit a 1,000-word essay on the subject of how a college degree will be of assistance to them in the achievement of their professional goals. The winning low-income graduating senior at one of the Brooklyn-based Uncommon Schools’ high schools will receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be applied towards college tuition at a four-year college with the goal for him or her to go on to succeed professionally and use the degree.

 

 

Changing How Math Homework is Done

SOLVY is an online math homework platform that is starting to be used by schools, teachers, and students. Using this platform students are able to practice math problems that their teachers have picked out. This means that teachers are now able to assign exercises for students based on their needs.

Teachers will also get notifications when a student needs extra help, which is based on their homework performance. This new program is able to help save teachers time and improves their efficiency. SOLVY has just recently added Algebra I to their program software.

The tool is able to be used across many different devices. Students are able to use the interactive graphing tools. It also has the ability to show teachers how their student’s are solving each problem.

The man behind this new revolutionary homework tool is Alexei Beltyukov. He has founded many companies that include A-Ventures, New Gas Technologies, and Endemic Capital.

He started Endemic Capital in 2013 as a way to help provide funding for many Russian start-up companies. According to Angel.co, Alexei Beltyukov created A-Ventures to help out companies that need financial assistance. In 2015, he was named the Cheif Operating Office at SOLVY. This company is an interactive online platform that helps students learn, explore and develop a passion for math.

Alexei Beltyukov is a Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist, that graduated in 1997 from INSEAD with a Masters of Business Administration. He started the Russian Alumni Scholarship at INSEAD, that has helped several other Russian students go to college. Alexei Beltyukov has formed lots of other organizations that are geared toward helping other Russians start businesses or attend business school.

Alexei has also worked alongside the Russian government to help give economic guidance.

This foundation gives grants and other opportunities for Russian technology start-ups. It is also used to help out entrepreneurs that are looking to extend their opportunities all throughout Russia.