Betsy DeVos’s Legacy Of Education Reform

How much time have you spent thinking about how well the public school system is working? If you’ve spent any time at all, you’ll likely realize that there are more than a couple of problems surrounding public education in general. Despite how much money the United States pours into the system, results just haven’t been there. For that reason, President Trump is turning power over to his new Secretary of Education in order to find solutions to problems within the system. Betsy DeVos was nominated by the Senate and confirmed by a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Pence. This situation alone was intriguing but it was more emblematic of the political divide in America than an indictment on Betsy DeVos, specifically. Now, DeVos is in her position and ready to work, so what comes next?

 

Betsy DeVos has worked for over 30 years to become a true champion of conservative education reform. She was pushing for reform in the field of education far before she had any grand political aspirations. Betsy DeVos has always been motivated by her own personal creed, by her demand that she be the reformer that everyone else in her family has become. For that reason, Betsy DeVos has become unwavering in her focus on pushing true reform toward the public and her position in the Department of Education is only going to help her.

 

If you went to Grand Rapids, MI and visited the Potter’s House Christian School, you’d likely find the same sort of educational optimism that inspired Betsy DeVos to become a conservative education champion. Over 30 years ago, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos visited the school in order to get an idea as to the different education options for their own children. Once inside of the Potter’s House Christian School, DeVos became enamored with the environment. She saw teachers and students who were energized and electric with the power of learning. Most of all, DeVos saw a future there. She would carry that optimism with her out of the door and straight onto the political background.

 

Since Betsy DeVos began touting conservative education reform, she has managed to spread school choice programs to more than 17 different states in the country. Right now there are more than a couple of school choice institutes operating with more than 250,000 total students enrolled across these institutes. Early success in the school choice movement has fueled DeVos’s popularity and will serve her well in her role as the Secretary of Education. Now, Betsy DeVos has to stick to the course and bypass the political divide that has opened before her in order to bring school choice to the masses, thus helping our children finding the education that they need.

 

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End Citizens United Endorsed Candidate Closes The Gap On Ted Cruz

The 2018 midterm elections are looming closer than ever on the horizon for candidates, voters, and financial donors with the End Citizens United PAC already naming their list of potential targets from incumbent Republicans. End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller shocked many in the political world by stating her traditional PAC would be targeting the Senate seats of former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and House Speaker Paul Ryan and appear to be making great inroads into the majority held by Cruz for his Texas seat with the latest End Citizens United poll placing Democrat Beto O’Rourke just eight points behind the incumbent Republican as the Midterms draw closer.

The continued rise of Beto O’Rourke in the Midterm polls has come despite End Citizens United discovering the platforms on which the candidate is running are largely unknown to many Texan voters who are more familiar with the political views of Cruz. The former Presidential candidate may still be leading in the polls but his Democrat rival hopes a 61 percent disapproval rating will aid his course to election victory after a series of missteps from Ted Cruz resulted in him seeing his approval rating tumble over the course of the last few months.

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End Citizens United operates as a traditional PAC limiting the donations of its supporters to just $5,000 which allows it to remain free of the interference many major billionaire donors now bring to the groups they support. By restricting the level of support offered by donors the political influence is limited and the focus of End Citizens United can remain independent; major liberal donor, George Soros has contributed to the End Citizens united cause but his $5,000 donation does not allow him any more right to direct the future of the PAC than any other donor is afforded.

Beto O’Rourke is a thoroughly modern candidate who has become a favorite among young Democrat’s for his willingness to use social media to build the support he is seeing growth across the state. End Citizens United has seen its average donations grow over the course of its life from 2015 onwards to see an average donation of just $14; O’Rourke himself is only accepting grassroots donations but has managed to raise an impressive $2.4 million in the last quarter of 2014 while his fellow candidate managed just $1.9 million in the same timeframe.

Ted Cruz remains the favorite to win reelection but as the Alabama victory of Doug Jones proved, the power of End Citizens United is growing and will no doubt play a major role in the upcoming Midterms as November draws closer and most races tighten.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/12/05/democratic-pac-end-citizens-united-names-big-money-20-targets-2018/918680001/

Betsy Devos – on topic article

Beginning with campus leadership as a student at Calvin College, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been involved in politics. With six years of service as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, DeVos is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan who has invested her life in seeking solutions to deep social problems impacting children and families, and first and foremost: education and educational choice.

 

DeVos’ interest in educational choice began when she and her husband Dick DeVos, a former Michigan gubernatorial candidate and State Board of Education member, visited The Potter’s House Christian school in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Potter’s House has served low-income families and children with needs for over three decades, and DeVos has also mentored a student there for a number of years.

 

Repeated visits to the Potter’s House showed that the school was providing an excellent education for students, but lower-income parents were making huge sacrifices to pay tuition to the privately-funded Christian school. In addition to offering scholarships to individual students, Dick and Betsy DeVos began providing additional financial support to the school, a commitment that continues.

 

Providing scholarships on an individual basis, Betsy DeVos soon realized, wouldn’t make the fundamental change necessary to offer every parent the chance to send their children to the school of their choice. The next step was advocating in Michigan for school choice initiatives, including tax-credit scholarships and vouchers. These state-wide initiatives evolved into national efforts through political and charitable foundations, including the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. These initiatives had success in building greater school choice, especially in Florida, where the state’s tax-credit scholarship program has led to more than 50,000 students attending a school chosen by their families.

 

While some news reports have described Betsy DeVos as “unprepared” for her position as U.S. Secretary of Education, a recent visit to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida with President Donald Trump showed her experience with private schools beginning with her involvement with the Potter’s House School in Grand Rapids more than two decades ago. Potter’s House school superintendent John Booy, who has worked with Dick and Betsy DeVos for over 30 years, says that Betsy DeVos is a consensus builder who not only helped their local church through turbulent times as a congregation leader, she also has a knack for listening to all perspectives.

 

Those who have worked with DeVos for over 30 years like John Booy say she is a “regular person” who is just like everyone else, even though she and her husband Dick both come from wealthy families. As of January, 2017, the couple announced their charitable donations had totaled nearly $139 million. Combined with Dick’s father, Amway founder Rich DeVos, in 2015 alone, the entire family gave away more than $104 million, ranking the family as 24th most-generous on Forbes’ magazine’s most recent top charitable donor list. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/policy-involvement/

How End Citizens United is Saving America

End Citizens United is a grassroots political action committee that has been uniquely focused on the issue of dark money in the world of American politics. Dark money, or big money as some politicians refer to it as, is one of the greatest existential threats that our democracy faces to this day. Dark money is when a special interest comes to Washington D.C. and puts money into the pockets of politicians in order to ensure their vote or support on a potential issue. The surge in dark money can be traced back to the 2010 Supreme Court decision regarding the conservative group, Citizens United.

 

End Citizens United was created in response to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling. End Citizens United, as their name implies, is focused on overturning the Citizens United decision by way of an eventual constitutional amendment. However, this is hard to do and there have been few occasions that politicians on both sides of the political aisle have been willing to work together. In fact, the last bipartisan constitutional amendment was in 1992. Still, End Citizens United is looking optimistic toward the future. The founder of the PAC is Tiffany Muller and she has been almost glowing with excitement over the past several months. The reason? People are motivated.

 

The election of Donald J. Trump, reality TV star and millionaire heir, was the slap in the face that many people needed to get out of their political apathy. In the first quarter of 2017, Donald Trump’s first three months as President, End Citizens United saw nearly $4 million in donations come flowing in. There were over 100,000 donors and nearly half of them were giving for the first time. While this is a huge number, there is still a long way to go. End Citizens United is looking to raise nearly $35 million by the time the 2018 Congressional Elections come around.

 

In order to provoke great change in Washington D.C. you need the support of both the people and some of the top legislators in the country. End Citizens United is very particular about who they choose to endorse. They are only looking for politicians who are willing to make campaign finance reform a key part of their legislative process. So, when End Citizens United endorses somebody you know they did as much homework as possible.

 

End Citizens United recently acme out to endorse Senator Martin Heinrich from New Mexico. Senator Heinrich is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the Russia collusion scandal with President Trump. Senator Heinrich is also a huge opponent to the Citizens United decision. End Citizens United endorsing Senator Heinrich will give him nearly 360,000 national donors as well as 30,000 local members in New Mexico to help with his campaign.