Betsy DeVos – Restoring Educational Freedom

As a parent of two elementary school students, I can appreciate the work Betsy DeVos has done throughout her career. The mere fact that she was appointed to serve as Secretary of Education under the Trump administration led me to believe there was something different about her. With President Trump’s promise to bring sweeping changes to Washington, I immediately assumed she would be the antithesis of the bureaucracy that has long-characterized the U.S. Department of Education. I began to enthusiastically research Ms. DeVos’ accomplishments, and I was not disappointed.While her political resume is impressive, I was most appreciative of her philanthropic work to advocate for our underprivileged youth. She clearly has a passion for the underserved children in this country, and school choice has become central to that passion.

Shortly after her husband was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990, DeVos became active in the fight for school choice by starting a foundation for education that awarded scholarships to low-income families. These scholarships allowed families the opportunity to send their children to the schools of their choice. In addition to this scholarship program, DeVos and her husband became involved in supporting the Potter’s House Christian School. This is a faith-based school committed to providing quality education to underserved children in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Clearly, her passion for school choice resulted in much more than her local philanthropic work. Ms. DeVos formed an action committee devoted to creating more charter schools in Michigan. Her success in this effort progressed to a national movement, which eventually led to her involvement in the American Federation of Children (AFC).

Her work in the AFC provided a catalyst for school choice policy in several states: Florida, Louisiana, and Indiana. Other states, including my home state of North Carolina, have drastically increased funding for charter schools. While there is not a publically funded voucher program in North Carolina yet, it has been a highly contested issue during recent gubernatorial election cycles.By advocating the needs of low-income families and being a catalyst for the school choice movement, Betsy DeVos (@ betsy devos) | Twitter clearly demonstrates her concern for the educational challenges families and their children face. This is clearly evident based on how she has invested her time and money. Her track record indicates she will place more importance on addressing these challenges rather than preserving the bureaucratic interests of our traditional public education system. I look forward to seeing the work she will do as our Secretary of Education.

 

The man of the People; Adam Milstein

Giving a helping hand is a virtue that one ought to acquire. Empowering others comes with lots of courage, but it’s quite fulfilling. Some people have dedicated themselves to ensuring the welfare of others and enhancing their development. Thus, they provide their beneficiaries the opportunity to nurture their talents and abilities.

Adam Milstein

Meet Adam Milstein; a dedicated philanthropist who has committed himself to helping and strengthening the Jewish people. He is a co-founder of Adam and Gila Milstein family foundation. Through the organization, he provides philanthropic services as well as charitable services to a wider range of organizations so as to strengthen the Jewish people, the U.S- Israel relationship and the state of Israel.

Adam Milstein not only contributes fund wise, but he and his family more so his wife contribute actively to the various organizations they support. Moreover, he offers philanthropic services such as partnership developments, consulting, Pro-Israel advocacy, and fundraising; that are meant to support programs like the Jewish education among others.

Adam’s principles

• Adam Milstein is governed by three major principles in his philanthropic work. The first is the active philanthropy; this is evident by the dedication he and the staff of Milstein family foundation put in each and every organization they support by offering financial and expertise
• Life path impact is the second; he goes down to the different levels of the people he supports to offer them a ground to develop themselves. For instance organizing programs for childhood development, the adolescences and the various stages of adulthood.
• Philanthropic synergy falls third; through this, he provides guidance and funding to various philanthropic organizations so as to motivate them and enhance the impact they have on others they work with so as to reach the same goal.

Adam Milstein is also the co-founder of the Israeli-American Council, and sits on boards such as the Israel on Campus, StandWithUs, Hasbara Fellowships, Jewish funders network, Birthright Israel, Stand By Me, just to mention a few. His main motive being to fight for the rights of the Jews, give them a ground to stand and be heard and empowering them but better still, he seeks to instill the sense of oneness to all the Israelis.

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