The career of George Soros has seen him make an estimated fortune of over $25 billion as the founder of the Soros Fund Management brand that has recently appointed Dawn Fitzpatrick as its Chief Investment Officer; Soros has a long history of achieving success as a business leader and philanthropist who has been working to advance the cause of human rights around the world since 1979 when he began supplying copying equipment to resistance fighters in the former Soviet Eastern Bloc. Politico reports George Soros has been at the forefront of many battles in the human rights activism community that reflects the long term interests he has in making sure the people of the world have their human rights protected at all times. The Washington Times reports George Soros has been seeking new ways of exploring the world of human rights activism across the U.S. and played a major role, albeit indirectly as a major donor to the protests at Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. Read his profile at Forbes.
The Ferguson protests highlighted many of the causes backed by George Soros and the Open Society Foundations, including the Drug Policy Institute that benefits from a $4 million annual donation from George Soros’ Foundation; the Drug policy Institute is well known for seeking new options and opinions about how to fight the rising issues being created by the illegal drug trade across the U.S. and the world. Soros himself has been a major supporter of the legalization of illegal drugs for a prolonged period of time and has cited the work of his friend Allen Ginsberg as playing a vital role in his decision to back an open letter to the United Nations that called on global political leaders to end the war on drugs that had caused more harm than good. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com.
The Ferguson protests brought to light the many good causes with a liberal left leaning slant backed by George Soros in his drive to build a better world; Soros is also known as one of the world’s leading political donors who has made a major impact on the U.S. political system as a supporter and financial donor to the Democratic Party. Politico reports the 25 year friendship Soros and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton played a major role in ensuring the Hungarian born U.S. citizen returned to political giving for the first time since 2004 and provided over $25 million in support of Clinton’s campaign. As one of the leading donors to the Clinton campaign George Soros was invited to attend the Democratic National Convention to play a role in the awarding of the candidacy to Clinton, but found his attention taken by the humanitarian and political refugee crisis in the European Union and decided this was more important to himself and the open Society Foundations he founded.
Betsy DeVos recently held an in-depth interview with Philanthropy. In it, she talked about her bold and controversial ideas and plans for the American education system notably the private school’s voucher funding initiatives. The interviewer’s first question to Betsy was about the advances made thus far in school choice. In her response, Mrs. DeVos started off by saying how proud she was about progress achieved in giving needy private school students a chance to receive tax-free rebates from the government.
Rethinking American Education
Her agenda had so far benefited about a quarter million students located on the four corners of the North American sub-continent. The future looks bright, and Betsy is quite hopeful that in the coming years, the programs will be operating in all the 54 states. In 2015, the movement she and the husband embarked on three decades back seemed to add up to 40K new participants annually.
Making A Real Difference
In the interview, Betsy DeVos talks about how together with the husband, they would visit a particular school in their home state, Michigan many years now gone. The one peculiar thing which drew them to this institution is that they noticed the love between the broke parents and their children at the private Christian School. They had to do something. What started out as a pet project of helping one or two pupils of Potters Christian School soon turned into a life-long pursuit. Before the Devoses knew it, they had engineered a support system infrastructure connecting the entire population at the facility.
Making of a Radical Reformer
According to Betsy, the traditional education curriculum has failed miserably in preparing the scholars on what awaits them in the real world. That’s why she chose to focus all her energy and attention on arm-twisting the government to renege on their selective funding of public schools programs. Soon after leaving Calvin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, she got married shortly after that. Together with his partner, Dick DeVos, they vehemently campaigned for the first charter school bill to pass in the nineties.
Learn more: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/31/512507538/under-devos-heres-how-school-choice-might-work
Florida as the Benchmark
Betsy DeVos hopes to replicate the successful model of the program in Florida in the entire nation, moving forward. Betsy’s personal involvement in the grassroots in Louisiana saw thousands of student benefit from the newly introduced test voucher program. Mrs. DeVos protests that the Democrats have stood in their path every step of the way. The Democrats ties to the teachers union make it nearly impossible for them to vote with their conscience. The incoming Secretary of Education urged the Democrats to act in the interests of the children and the future of the nation first and place partisan politics second. Betsy is now a grandmother five times over. She once served as the leader of the Republican Party in Michigan. Her stint there lasted a whole six years.
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