Betsy Devos: the new Education Secretary

Most people know Betsy Devos as the US Education Secretary, but she has been working in education circles far before this moment. In fact, she has been helping to build the education system in Michigan. By working through her foundation and other philanthropists, she has created a space where students are able to pick where they want to go to school. This places more emphasis on learning as students can now pick where they want to go and don’t have to rely on living in a certain area in order to go to a school that isn’t failing.

 

There are a number of schools that are failing in the United States, despite reports that show that standardized testing scores are up 20 percent. Betsy doesn’t really condone Common Core Math or standardized testing. She wants students to enjoy the right curriculum, and currently, it’s difficult to say how public schools fit in. While philanthropy has been a major rule for providing for these programs, Betsy Devos has stated that her foundation alone has donated over $134 million to the educational choice movement.

 

She also has backers like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton. Philanthropy is one of the driving forces behind educational choice. Without it, there would be more difficulty in getting funding for some of these programs as they help underprivileged children qualify for better educational programs.

 

Educational choice simply means that students can go to any school, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the student gets a voucher to do so. While much of the argument revolves around public funding for private schools, students actually have to pass rigorous testing and application process before being accepted into a charter school or private school program. Even then, it’s very difficult to get a voucher while getting a scholarship first.

 

Devos has been speaking around the US about educational choice, but she has also tackled other issues since taking office. One of the biggest is school safety reform. She was appointed to head the movement after there were a few different school shootings. Ultimately, Devos said that she wants America’s schools to be safe spaces where children can focus on learning and not violence. To this end, she doesn’t agree that teachers should be trained to operate a gun. She wants to keep as many guns off campus as possible.

 

Devos will continue to work in Washington for another two years and hopefully make some headway in school choice and school safety.

 

Visit http://www.betsydevos.com/ to learn more.

Lacey and Larkin after the Case against Arpaio

Journalist duo Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin have been newspaperman since college. The two have dedicated themselves to a carer in journalism to spread truth and make people aware of the facts as they are without the imposed filters of third parties and unnecessary censorship.

The crusade started back in college and was brought forth after their academic institutions silenced the news about students being killed near campus. The school was aiming towards negligence and causing unsuspected ignorance among the student body and with as a false sense of safety.

Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin stood against that together with a few more students. That laid the foundations of their first business in media called the Village Voice Media. The business expanded across the United States of America and was the first sizeable professional work for Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey.

For Lacey and Larkin, the most significant achievement in their journalistic careers was taking down Joe Arpaio. The man had been occupying the post of Sheriff of the Maricopa County for a good 20 years. During his reign, the abused the badge and his oath and prosecuted civilians based on racist prejudice. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

Joe Arpaio went to great lengths in his profiling of Latinos and covering up his heinous crimes. Joe Arpaio did not hesitate to start going after journalists and editors if the publication had written about him in an unflattering light.

Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin also suffered the backlash of the pseudo sheriff. Joe Arpaio approached them via e-mail and demanded information about the readers that have clicked on any of the articles about him that Lacey and Larin had published.

The journalists were alarmed by the progression oh Arpaio’s intentions as he was trying to collect private data about citizens, undoubtedly to victimize them next. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter

After publishing about the incident, Lacey and Larkin were arrested unlawfully. The two men were taken away right from their beds at night and forced into cars and driven away to separate prions.

They were locked away for several hours. They were released only because of the outrage across the county and beyond as the families of the Lacey and Larkin spread the new about the ordeal instantly to raise some help.

All of that resulted in the Melendres vs. Arpaio which is the case that went down as the end of the ”worst sheriff in America”. Joe Arpaio was to be sent to prison.

He was one week away from receiving his sentence to at least ten years when Donald Trump poked in and issued a pardon. Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin, as well as the many families that Arpaio had ruined, saw the criminal walk away. That was yet another example of how one criminal slithers up to the ranks of leaders in order to maintain the hoards of criminals beneath him.

Lacey and Larkin now lead the Frontera Fund and work towards bringing back some peace and care to a country they see as unlawful and slowly unraveling.

Dick DeVos: A track record effective leadership

When it comes to entrepreneurship, Dick Devos has his track record well laid out which is a culture that emanates from his family. He worked in various executive positions at the beginning of his career while at Amway International since joining the company in 1974. While at the company, he held positions in different divisions such as sales, research and development. He later became the company’s vice president in 1984 where he was overseeing operations of the firm in 18 countries. I find it impressing how the company managed to venture into new markets and at the same time triple foreign sales as compared to domestic sales under the DeVos’ leadership. In fact, sources indicate that sales outside U.S added to 5% and six years after getting into the position, the sales had grown to 50% in annual sales, a true reflection of the firm leadership set by DeVos.

 

 

When the DeVos’ family acquired NBA’s Orlando Magic in 1991, he left Amway International to become Orlando’s President and CEO, a position he held up to the year 1993. DeVos then returned to Amway International where he became its President with a responsibility for every aspect of the firm’s undertaking in 50 countries located on six different continents. It’s worth noting that, during his time as the President, sales were reported to be $4.5 billion (quite a huge number) mainly through part-time sales as well as complementary e-commerce channel. .From this, we can describe DeVos as a result oriented individual who has a detailed management style. He held the position of Presidency and board member for nine good years until when he left the company in 2002.

 

 

The Northwood University graduate holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and has skills in leadership, strategic planning and public speaking among other skills. DeVos is currently the president of The Windquest Group, a position he has held for the last 15 years. The Windquest Group is a private investment that has holdings in various sectors such as technology and manufacturing. Among other key positions that he has held include being part of the Board of Directors of Michigan Chamber of Commerce since 2010 and a Vice-Chairman of Willow Creek Association since 2007. Besides his business roles, he leads various community initiatives such as the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation which has so far donated millions to support a wide range of activities.

 

To learn more about Dick DeVos, visit http://dickdevos.com/.