Improvements in the Education Sector by Betsy Devos

Betsy Devos, officially known as Elisabeth Prince is a famous American well known as an educational activist, a businesswoman, and a politician. As a politician, she serves as a Republican from West Michigan who is currently the United States Secretary of education. In the education sector, she is well recognized for her support and advocating for voucher programs and charter schools.

 

Moreover, she is also an incredible humanitarian where together with her husband, Richard Marvin (Dick Devos) they founded the Dick & Betsy Devos Foundation. The organization gives back to the society through supporting different organizations. The primary core sectors that the foundation supports are education, art, justice, community, and leadership.The couple has donated to a vast array of events such as the Dick & Betsy Devos Foundation, donated $11.6 million in 2015 summing up to $ 139million of their lifetime donations. $ 3 million of the 11.6 million was fully directed to educational matters.

 

Betsy Devos explained that her donations are not any political agenda as I had thought earlier. She clarified that all her contributions are a direct support to the help of the society. Betsy has helped many schools through her foundation such as in 2013 Betsy donated to West Michigan Aviation Academy,Potter’s House and Dick Devos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland among others. She is passionate about the educational activities going to the next level. Betsy is always encouraging schools to allow students join private school via voucher programs with public funding and also introduce charter schools.

 

Mrs. Devos is a board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has used her membership to help many students achieve their dreams. Betsy founded ArtPrize, an international competition for art contestants awarding the best-talented ones. Five years ago, the Devos couple founded an aviation charter school at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Their foundation contributed $ 315, 000 to the institution, West Michigan Aviation Academy, for purchasing their first plane.

 

Last year their graduating class produced 15 licensed pilots to the world. This success made me consider my children to join the aviation school. Students travel for hours from far places to the school to get the robotics and aeronautical knowledge they offer. Betsy believes in kids being considered to have opinions in world affairs which I think it is a wise choice. Moreover, their comfort and attitude should always be checked.

 

Betsy Devos was born in Holland, Michigan, born on January 8, 1958. She attended Christian Holland School. Betsy is an alumnus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids where she attained a B.A degree in business economics. She is a performing leader who is passionate about quality education for a bright future for students.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.betsydevos.com/.

End Citizen United Organization

End citizen United is an organization that was founded on March 1st, 2015 whose main mission is to fix the broken political system in the U.S.A by putting an end to billionaires “buying” political power through funding political leaders. This organization works towards bringing transparency in the system used to finance campaigns. It’s an organization that stands up for the common citizens and represents their political views. It’s also a safe haven for political candidates attacked by these millionaire donors. It’s mainly funded by grassroots supporters all over the country who share the same interest; to bring back democratic campaigns and elections.

End Citizen United has chosen an elite team of democratic veteran operatives who are in charge of empowerment of the people, growing the organization, taking care of the campaign finances and communicating their message throughout the country. This organization also has a team of board members who are powerful political leaders who play a major role in persuading the presidential candidates to support this organization as well as preach its message in the various political offices and bringing in new candidates for funding. These board members have different experiences and knowledge in different fields and with this, they facilitate the growth of this organization.

The End Citizen organization collected 4 million dollars between January 2017 and March 2017 and is projected to collect 35 million dollars by the 2018 mid-term election. This will be an improvement in comparison to its first election in 2016 where 25 million dollars was collected. 100,000 people contributed in the first three months of 2017 with 40,000 people contributing for the first time.

Tiffany Muller, president and executive director of the organization said that the organization collected an average amount of 12 million dollars this year. The political action committee is dedicated to raising money for the congressional campaign of Jon Ossoff who is running for political office as a first timer in Georgia, Muller urged the donors to donate 500,000 dollars to his campaign. Ossoff has raised more than 4 million dollars for the April 18 special election where he is running for Republican House seat in Suburban Atlanta. Muller said that the organization is yet to decide which races to participate in the 2018 elections, but it could defend Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio And Jon Tester of Montana.

End Citizen United is an organization that raises money to finance candidates into various political seats, this reduces the number of political leaders elected through extravagant campaign financing by the rich people. The donors of this organization feel like the system is broken as those who fund the campaigns have the biggest say when it comes to issues affecting the country, thus contribute to putting an end to this “buying” of power.

Find more about End Citizens United: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/james-bopp-citizens-united/

Elizabeth Warren wants to end Citizens United

Citizens United remains a controversial decision, but contrary to popular belief, it was not as earth-shattering as many people seem to think it was. The Supreme Court’s first mention of corporations having the same rights as people occurs in 1876. It is a footnote to a larger decision. As any law student knows, corporations are a fictitious person. Treating them as a fictitious person allows them to own property, to own equipment, and to be sued. However, the problem with the Citizens United decision was that it expanded this doctrine to extremes. The logic was further continued with the Hobby Lobby decision, which granted religious exceptions for corporations under US law.

 

End Citizens United is an activist group that works to end this special exemption for corporations and to help get big money out of politics. Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned his supporters that the United States had become an oligarchy, a claim, which ironically, Donald Trump backed up with some of his campaign accusations. Although the election has ended, Citizens United has not given up their fight.

 

Well-known congressman Elizabeth Warren agrees with the groups goals, and brought the decision up during a leading with democratic leaders, according to Boston.com. She warned that she and others are working to overturn the decision, but she described the political work required as a heavy lift.

 

According to Warren, congress needs to pass a constitutional amendment separating the rights of a corporation from the rights of a living citizen. She pointed out that even with the support of all the Democratic senators and representatives, the bill is likely to die in committee with the current congress.

 

Warren brought up the End Citizens United decision almost as an afterthought. The topic of discussion was continued planning under the current administration. The primary focus of the democratic leaders is continuing to resist the extreme elements of the current president’s agenda and how to win back seats in the house. The senators name has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, but she cannot gather the necessary to win in the primary election season.