Betsy DeVos, Leader in Reforming Education

Betsy DeVos got her passion for being a reformer at an early age. She got involved with politics on campus and from that point on she continued with politics. She has run various campaigns and was chairman for 6 years of the Michigan Republican Party. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, started the firm, Windquest Group in 1989. She is a reformer and is actively involved in education reform.

There are over 250,000 students that go to publicly funded, private programs of their parents choosing. This movement is continuing to grow as it has reached 17 states and the District of Columbia. What sparked Betsy DeVos attention to school reform was when she had small children. At the Potter’s House Christian School, she and her husband watched how parents struggled to keep their children at the school so that they had a safe place to learn and had an environment that kept them involved. It wasn’t long after that when she and her husband began to help low income families. Both she and her husband felt that if they could decide where their children went to school that everyone else despite their financial status could do the same.

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Betsy and Dick DeVos’ commitment to school reform came when Dick ran for the position of State Board of Education. Betsy Devos decided then to start a foundation which helps lower income families with scholarships. She actively served on several boards, Children First America and the American Education Reform because the programs wanted to expand the decision of educational choice. She and Dick were involved with the first charter school bill that came to be in 1993. They were unsuccessful in the year 2000 in changing the state’s decision to allow vouchers and scholarships.

Their biggest success was in the state of Florida. This state has the longest time frame in educational choice. Over 50,000 students are attending a school that their family chose. There have also been vast improvements in the state of Indiana and Louisiana. With the program that the states passed, it has the grounds to serve one million students. Betsy stated that with the right people in office this program can be successful from the start of passing the bill until the end where student’s families help them chose a school of their choice. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.

Betsy DeVos was handpicked by the President, Donald J. Trump to serve on the 11th U.S. secretary of education. For nearly three decades she has been advocating for children that come from low income families. Her interest stems back to her mother, who was a public school educator. And once her children started going to school, she got more actively involved in reforming education. The premise of her position as Secretary of Education is working with the President to expand opportunities and the best education for all students.

George Soros’ Political Influence

George Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management. He is worth about $25.2 Billion. He is ranked number 22 on the World Billionaire List.

George Soros Politico

He is one of the most politically influential people around the world. He has been spending his wealth to influence the politics of different countries around the world. His influence in American politics is the strongest by any individual today.

He derives his influence from his $13 billion personal wealth and another $25 billion he controls in Soros Fund Management. Additionally, he has passionate messianic zeal. He is an atheist and one time said he viewed himself as a god, or a great economic game-changer like Keynes, or like a great scientist like Einstein. He said that money is what makes the world go round.

His Roots and Development

He was born in Hungary to non-practicing Jewish parents 86 years ago. Tivadar, his father, was an attorney by profession. In 1936, his father changed the family’s surname to an Esperanto name, Soros.

Tivadar divided his family when the Nazi’s occupied Hungary in 1944. This was done to increase the survival chances during the war. His children changed their names to Christian names and were adopted by Hungarian friends. George Soros sometimes went with his host to confiscate property from Jews and giving them to Germans.

After the WWII, the family moved to England in 1947. He joined London School of Economics (LSE) where he met philosopher Karl Popper. He says he was his spiritual mentor. Soros says he was introduced to the idea of “open society” by Popper’s book called The Open Society and Its Enemies.

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He graduated from LSE in 1952 and joined Singer and Friedlander, a London brokerage company. He then moved to New York and joined the Wall Street as a stock trader. Since he was not planning to settle permanently in America, George Soros planned to save $500,000 in five years, and then go back to Europe. When he joined Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Inc., he decided to stay in America.

In 1969, he spent $250,000 of his own money to start the “Double Eagle Fund” with a capital of $4 million. In 1979, together with Jim Rogers, they established Soros Fund Management. By 1985, the company was valued over $1 billion and had changed its name to The Quantum Fund. Read his profile at Forbes.

Soros Rises Again

In 2004, Soros spent $27 million in 2004 to defeat President Bush. After that, he went silent and later reemerged in 2016. He gave and promised to donate over $25 million to support Hillary Clinton and other candidates in the Democratic Party. Read this story about George at Politico.com.

His Philanthropy

Soros has many Open Society Foundations that he uses to help other people. He helped Hungary establish democracy. He opened an office in Moscow and spent $3 million in helping countries in Central Asia and those under the communists Europe. His annual expenditure hit over $300 million by 1992. He started the Open Society Institute in 1993 in 1992.