Betsy Devos’ Philanthropy and Career Profile

Betsy DeVos is a leader, educator, and an advocate. She’s a pioneer in education, politics, and business. Betsy has been in the forefront in eradication of barriers, enacting change, and creating an environment that enables people to prosper, particularly in education. She’s been in active politics for over three decades. Betsy DeVos was appointed four times as the chief executive chair of the Republican Party of Michigan. She has played leadership roles in political action committees, party organization, and campaign committees. She is the former president of the Windquest firm. Windquest firm is privately owned and provides diversified consumer service and product portfolio. Windquest firm is based in Michigan. Betsy DeVos is currently focused on increasing educational choices for the students and parents in the United States. She aims to push for reforms that enable the underserved children to access quality education. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

Philanthropic Life

Outside her official duties, Betsy DeVos is very active in her community. Together with her husband, she’s involved in numerous philanthropic activities. She is a past chair of The Philanthropy Roundtable and the American Children’s Federation board of directors. She has also served on other boards such as the DeVos Institute for Arts at the Maryland University and the Foundation of Excellence in Education. She attended the Calvin College in Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in Arts.

Betsy’ Role as the Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos is the current secretary for education in the current government. She was nominated by the Donald J. Trump, the president of the United States. In February 2017, the Senate confirmed her appointment. As a leader, she has helped in the development of new educational choices for students in Columbia district and 25 other states in the United States. As the education secretary, DeVos fights for the restoration of education control to localities and States. This policy will empower parents to choose the educational that fit their children. She firmly believes that a child’s zip code or their household income should not be a key determinant in their ability to get world-class educational opportunities. She is determined to provide equal educational opportunities to anyone willing to seize it.

Read more: http://nypost.com/2017/01/30/why-we-need-an-outsider-like-betsy-devos-as-education-secretary/

How Interests in Education Developed

DeVos’ passion in education developed at an early age. Having come from a relatively financial household, she never encountered a problem in accessing quality education. However, she realized that some of her age mates never went to school because of lack of funds. It dawned on her that not every American child had a fair chance in education. Leaders from her hometown worked hard to increase educational opportunities for such children. DeVos’ passion for providing better education choices never left her ever since. She has also worked in Michigan Public Schools as a mentor.

STANDING UP FOR EQUALITY

Following a legislative session, fourteen American states brought on board a legislation which restricted access to the multi-user restrooms and other sex-segregated facilities on the basis of people’s biological gender at birth.

However, the Trump administration was indifferent to this move which saw the administration revoke back protections enjoyed by transgender students. The move was centered at reversing Obama’s ‘misdoings’ which previously provided for change in one’s gender by having the “gender identity” other than the birth gender, which thereof permitted the use of restrooms and shower rooms of whichever sex the people identify with having declared their new gender.

Betsy DeVos remains vocal against the move by Trump’s administration and strongly opposes it being the Secretary of Education. She views the move by the administration as a biased move which may see transgender students being discriminated in various learning institutions. As an educationist, she sees it as a government responsibility to safeguard all American student regardless of their gender or sexual orientation by providing a safe learning environment. Betsy also feels that gender orientation is not a federal government mandate, but more of a moral obligation which no institution or entity should interfere with.

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/devos_family_donations.html

The secretary of education thinks that the state and any other affected stake holders are the best suited to come up with a solution to this issue, other than the federal government enforcing a law which may bring about human rights violation as well as harassment in learning institutions.Besty DeVos has been actively participating in the political arena for up to three and a half decades, and has been known to be in the forefront in fighting for equality as well as ensuring that students rights are upheld. She has been known to advocate for non-discriminatory policies and agendas, which cover across the board, including the marginalized LGBTQ students. She has continually made equality to all students her priority.

Having graduated from Holland Christian High School, Betsy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Michigan. She is married to Dick DeVos who happens to be an entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist and the two have four children together. She has served at various positions in different organizations including the Windquest Group, The American Federation for Children, ArtPrize, Philanthropy Round table, Foundation for Excellence in Education and has also been an active member of the community. Those who have benefited from her philanthropic acts include Loudspeaker Media Inc., which allowed former CNN anchor Campbell Brown to launch her education site, The Potter’s House, Success Academy Charter Schools and Alliance for School Choice, (in conjunction with the American Federation for Children) most of which work towards better education for all American students.

Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Possibility is Red or Blue for Charles Koch

An American billionaire tycoon has to be involved in the red-white-and-blue political arena; it’s a must. Consequently, the political race for United States president is an assuring gemstone of opportunity for the very rich. The political hoopla attacks the mighty top one-hundred billionaires’ front and center. The main party lines flaunt symbolic red and blue delimiters. As a political benefactor and billionaire Charles Koch is one such philanthropist. He is known to be on the conservative side, but remain amiable to all political ideologies. As the wealthy co-owner and executive principal of Koch Industries he is a well-known figure. Sharing the prosperity with his brother David Koch; they are the descendants of Fred Koch.

Come November 2016 there will be no possibilities, because the Electoral College will have given the United State another president. The presidential race up to this point has been between a famous television personality and equally famous fidelity scandal personality. So who would be a better president to represent the United States? Billionaire Charles Koch says Hillary Clinton could be a possibility, but quoting odds between two viable candidates is a fifty-fifty draw. Koch known for funding large donation towards the Republican Party was asked to comment on the presidency of Bill Clinton verses George W. Bush. Koch said there were elements that he liked about Bill Clinton’s stay in the White House over George Bush. Charles Koch said increase government spending was one of the factors that contributed to his commentary. So when a follow-up question was posed about Hillary being a possible preferable candidate over the Republican forerunners, he said that it is possible. When the reporter delved deeper for a more meaningful answer and solicit a direct question, would he support Hillary. Koch said she would have to change her approach to political policies.

On the flip-side Charles Koch said he would not obstruct Donald Trump’s campaign. More significantly, he said he would just plain prefer to pass on the whole ordeal of the 2016 election. A television celebrity and a tabloid sensation vie for position to represent the integrity of the nation. Charles Koch is not alone when he says there is a scarcity of good role models running for the 2016 presidential seat. Personal grievances being cast from one candidate to the other and vise-versa caused Koch to remark that the message being sent to the citizens of the United States is dismal. He chastised the two front-runners scolding them as awful role models. A flustered Koch showing dismay over both contender said he wonders how he is suppose to support either one of them.

This article recapped http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/charles-koch-hillary-clinton-republican-white-house-222349