Betsy DeVos, the Philanthropist, And Reformer Nonpareil

If there has been anyone who has been at the forefront of educational reforms for years and years it undoubtedly is Betsy De Vos. In fact, she has been at it for three decades now. She has been practicing reform through her many nonprofit activities. She is the Chairperson of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. That apart she has been closely associated with several boards like DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Above all, she is known for her advocacy of the educational choice movement. DeVos is helped in this by her position as chairperson of the American Federation for Children (AFC) and the Alliance for School Choice. Not one to pull punches in her advocacy of reform, she is all for what were once considered to be radical measures like education saving accounts, vouchers, and tax credits.

DeVos considers that advocacy work she performed in Florida as her most successful achievement in the sense that the state’s highly successful tax credit scholarship program has earned it the unique distinction of having the nation’s longest and most successful education choice program. As many as 50000 students in Florida study in a school of their family’s choice. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

She is also quite sanguine about the prospects for Louisiana and Indiana who have initiated programs that can come to the aid of about a million students a year. DeVos is also unequivocal in her belief that real education choice can be a real success only if it is viewed in a bi-partisan manner by both sides of the political divide.

About digital learning, Betsy DeVos believes that the technology is pretty new and it is too soon to speculate about its seminal impact upon education, but there was no doubt about the fact, that it would eventually have one majorly. She is okay with the concept of homeschooling as well in that it empowers parents to be in charge of their children’s education. She is fine with charter schools also but does not believe that they are the definitive solution for all of the education sector’s problems, especially in light of the fact that it takes time and money to get charter schools up and running.

DeVos really feels for the children of the nation and nothing would make her happier than seeing them receive the best possible education in schools of their parents’ choice, notwithstanding the region or area they hail from. Truly DeVos’s involvement in the nation’s education sector runs really deep as evidenced by the years she has spent developing her understanding of it and the hands-on experience she has through her involvement in advocacy, philanthropy, and charity. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.

End Citizens United

End Citizens United Makes Its Name Reality as Promised When the PAC was First Established

 

 

When End Citizens United launched as an American Political Action Committee (PAC), nearly 2 years ago, the goal was to make its name a reality. The PAC raised approximately $2 million in small donations to launch its finance campaign reform, reported MSNBC, on August 20th, 2015. Communications Director Richard Carbo estimated small donors were expected to contribute $25 million to $30 million in donations, for 2016. Ends Citizens United recruited over 325,000 individuals to sign a petition requesting Congress to take action and pass a constitutional amendment. Whenever the legislation passes, it will reverse the 2010 Supreme Court’s ruling for Citizens United, which has loopholes for big money influence by foreign entities.

 

 

Today, the name End Citizens United is made reality in the launch of a national campaign to demand Congress to pass the Get Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections Act. The official announcement was released to the public on its website, in a May 30th, 2017 press release. The PAC’s name made headlines, in 2016, for raising $25 million to support the presidential election campaign for Hillary Clinton. The new year started with $4 million in financial donations being raised, by the end of March, for the 2018 Congress Midterm Elections, said U.S. Today.

 

 

The new Act will reach the huge milestone of closing loopholes that allow foreign influence by funneling enormous amounts of cash. End Citizens United is backing Representative Jamie Raskin for introducing the legislation, while pressuring members of Congress and the House, both Republicans and Democrats. Almost two weeks ago, the PAC’s Executive Director and President, Tiffany Muller was troubled about a report released by TIME that Russia invested in social ads to influence last year’s election. She insisted that it’s time for Congress to be responsible and reform existing campaign finance laws. Outside interference in U.S. elections has a significant effect on American democracy when foreign spies and Wall Street donors donate untraceable mega donations discreetly.

 

 

End Citizens United is quickly taking action to restore trust among millions of American citizens and voters. The PAC is joining forces with other Committees, voters, and democratic candidates to make their voices heard in elections, as opposed to big money spenders and large corporations. Before End Citizens United was formed, they were aware, to overturn the ruling of the Supreme Court, two-thirds of the House and Senate must approve; and three-fourth of states must ratify. Financial supporters of finance campaign reform are expected to donate $35 million before the 2018 Congress Midterm Election. Donations are now being disbursed to cover expenditures for pushing Congress to pass the new Act, bringing recognition to the goals of End Citizens United.