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Betsy DeVos Is Slowly Winning Her Battle To Change Schools In America

Betsy DeVos has faded from the limelight recently. She was all over television screens during her confirmation as Secretary of Education just a few months ago. She sat in front of Congress and deflected questions with precision while keeping a wide smile on her face. Some might have thought her behavior to be clueless, but her history as a fierce political fighter in her home state of Michigan tells me otherwise.

 

Let’s take a recent fight she had with the president, for example. The feisty billionaire fought Donald Trump over the repeal of an Obama-era rule intended to protect transgender students. Her fight was witnessed by her aide, and, unfortunately, she did not change the president’s mind. Donald Trump then went out to repeal the protection that stated transgender students could use the bathrooms of their choice in public schools.

 

Betsy DeVos even huddled her employees around. Her aide as her witness, she explained to her employees, including a representative for the LGBTQ community, that she lost her private fight with the president over the repeal of the rule. But then she went out to support the president’s decision in public. She even said that Obama overreached his power implementing the rule in the first place.

 

“In Michigan politics, she instilled fear in a lot of people,” said former state attorney general, Mike Cox. The former Michigan politician then went on to describe her as steely and determined. That’s her reputation as a Michigan politician. We haven’t seen much of that public fighter in Betsy DeVos during her tenure in the Trump Administration. That begs the question — Where is the Michigan Mrs. DeVos?

 

It’s far too easy to say that she’s simply changed. I’d bet that she’s laying low while advancing her agenda at the federal level. The controversies surrounding the Trump Administration even seem to be helping her. After all, you haven’t seen her in the news lately, have you?

 

Meanwhile, Betsy DeVos is visiting charter schools all over the country. She recently met up with the pop star Pit Bull to tour his Miami-based charter school. She continued to put on that smiling face for the media even as they hurled questions about the rap artist’s misogynistic lyrics. I’m sure she slowly convinced certain parts of the Florida electorate that charter schools are cool with her appearance aside the world-famous entertainer at his South Florida private school.

 

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Without Dick Devos Downtown Grand Rapids Could Look Very Different

When Dick DeVos sets about to do something, it gets done. When he heard about the combination sports arena and contention center that was being considered for north of downtown Grand Rapids, DeVos was reminded of what happened to Detroit’s downtown when it lost an arena. DeVos knew that having the multi-purpose facility in the heart of the business district would benefit downtown businesses. He and like-minded individuals formed Grand Action, which ended up bringing the DeVos Place Convention Center, Van Andel Arena, Michigan State University’s medical school and other destinations to downtown Grand Rapids. After DeVos and other business leaders came together, downtown Grand Rapids gained civic gardens, an art museum and a sculpture park thanks to their efforts.

 

DeVos didn’t stop with downtown Grand Rapids. In 2006, he decided that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids’ airport, needed improving. DeVos talked low-cost carrier, AirTran, now Southwest Airlines, into running flights out of the airport. With the additional revenue, the airport began upgrades to enhance traveler’s experiences while at the airport. A jet and helicopter pilot himself, DeVos wanted the airport to succeed. The Federal Aviation Administration, who placed DeVos on their Management Advisory Council for a standard three-year term, recognized his efforts. DeVos organized the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, which shows businesses how the airport contributes to West Michigan’s economy.

 

DeVos, like his wife, Betsy, believes in giving parents the option of sending their children to charter schools, He started his own charter school at the Grand Rapids’ airport where he houses his collection of airplanes. Since 2010, the aviation-focused West Michigan Aviation Academy has served high school students who are interested in working in the aviation industry one day.

 

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeVos is the eldest son of Richard Marvin DeVos, co-founder of Amway. Today, DeVos is retired and focusing more on the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. The foundation supports two of DeVos’ interests, the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan and the West Michigan Aviation Academy, along with schools, universities, free-market economic organizations and more.

 

While DeVos has worked his way up the corporate ladder at Amway and was CEO of the Orlando Magic basketball team for several years, his only job in retirement is at The Windquest Group. The Windquest Group is a private investment group that DeVos started with his wife. The group focuses on clean technologies.

 

Visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/about to learn more.

Orange Coast College Hosts Famous Flower

When looking for a school to attend in southern California, Orange Coast College is a great option. Orange Coast College is a community college that is located in the heart of Orange County, CA. The school first opened its doors nearly 75 years ago and today is one of the largest community colleges in the state. Today, Orange Coast College has an enrollment of around 25,000 students, which include students from the Orange County area and other parts of the country. It offers a range of associate’s degree options, which then transfer well to four-year schools.

 

Overall, Orange Coast College is known for being a top school for both academics and junior college athletics. While it does have a good reputation overall, it has recently been in the news for a completely different reason. For the past few weeks, the school has been covered a lot due to the fact that it currently has a dead corpse flower, which is one of the most rare flowers in the world. The dead corpse flower is best known for its very foul smell that comes when it blooms.

 

What makes the dead corpse flower very unusual is that it is very rarely bloomed. While it can take months for the flower to bloom, it will remain bloomed for only a few days. Due to the rarity of the flower, and the short time period in which it is bloomed, the school is hosting open visitation for the flower in one of the admin buildings. People can now visit the flower from 10am to 6pm every day of the week. It will also be open until after 10pm when it is in full bloom. There is also a live web cam that allows you to view its progress.

 

If you are looking to see the flower, Orange Coast College is the best place to see it today. The school is currently allowing people in to see the flower for just a $3 fee. This is very similar to what Orange Coast College did in 2014 when they had the same flower. That year, more than 2,000 people came and paid to see it.

 

Visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/ to learn more.