Betsy DeVos Continues To Defy Critics Who Have Mistakenly Doubted Her Tenacity

Betsy DeVos got her start at Calvin College in student government. She took a liking to politics right away and wanted to be a champion for better education in America. While education reform isn’t a new topic, it’s been difficult for DeVos to bring everyone together on the issue of educational choice. The programs place students first, according to DeVos, but her opponents aren’t so sure.

 

Still, DeVos continues to fight for better education. She works with students every day, and she has been touring schools in the southern United States with First Lady Melania Trump. Together, they have visited multiple schools through Florida, where DeVos says that she has had the most success with educational choice.

 

Florida is one of the only states to fully support educational choice. In the Sunshine State, students are able to choose between magnet programs, virtual schools, homeschooling, private schools, and charter schools. They can also get a tuition-based scholarship to help pay for these private schools if qualified.

 

Many students have sung the praises of educational choice because it allows them to get out of failing school districts and go to better schools. However, others say that funding for these programs is coming from taxpayer dollars. That’s just not the case, according to Betsy DeVos in an interview on “60 Minutes” in 2018.

 

The interview was conducted by Leslie Stahl and consisted of many questions about DeVos’ ability to understand education reform, as questions have risen about her teaching background. While DeVos may not have been a teacher, she has certainly done her research on education reform in the United States. Her savvy ways have helped many students go to schools, especially when they come from underprivileged neighborhoods.

 

DeVos also has several donors who back her policies, including Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. In addition, DeVos has said that educational choice thrives under philanthropy and doesn’t use public funding as it has been suggested previously.

 

Most of all, she wants students to be able to go to a school where they feel safe and welcome. She has been working with security officials to prevent gun violence in schools and has introduced new policies to help protect teachers as well. While there have been many questions over whether teachers should have guns, DeVos doesn’t believe that the answer is more guns on campuses. She simply wants to protect students with the best security options available.

 

Students can take advantage of educational choice options such as magnet programs, private schools, charter schools, and virtual schools in states like Louisiana and Florida. However, these programs aren’t available yet in all states. DeVos is working on getting more of these programs into different states.

 

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End Citizens United Hopes to Unite a Large Group of People to Defeat Governmental Corruption

The Democratic Political Action Committee (PAC) End Citizens United has identified their “Big Money 20” for 2018. This is a group of 20 Republican elected officials who the committee feels have been special interest group’s needs above those of the people who voted for them. The PAC believes that these elected officials backed legislation that favored wealthy donors over their constituents, opposed campaign finance reform, or received large donations.

End Citizens United aims to raise $35 million to dedicate to the 2018 election cycle, an increase of the $10 million they raised for the 2016 election campaigns. Finance rules dictate that traditional political action committees cannot accept donations of more than $5,000. This means that they need their 3 million members to come together to reach their goals. Tis is a message that they are trying to hammer home to each of their members. They believe that a small group of determined individuals can affect real change. Read more about End Citizens United at Wikipedia.

Research indicates that reducing the influence of special interest donors is supported by many independent voters. As an issue, it is only behind protection from terrorism and job creation in terms of importance. End Citizens United is trying to unite their democratic base to convince independent voters to join their fight against special interest groups who are able to pay to get the legislation that they want passed.

Some of the targeted Republican incumbents will be difficult, if not impossible, to unseat. However many of these races are close enough that End Citizens United believes that their work could have a true effect on the race. And possibly change the set from a Republican to Democrat.

End Citizens United is trying to use it influence to fight special interest group’s power over the executive branch of the government. Only time, and the 2018 election results, will tell if their membership of over 3 million people can come together and do something great.

Read more: https://chronicleweek.com/2018/09/end-citizens-united-endorsements/

 

End Citizens United Speaks Out About Russia Election Interference

On May 19, End Citizens United, a PAC that fights big-money in elections, issued a statement, in regards to a report from Time Magazine, about Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election. Time reported that the Russians interfered with the 2016 election, by placing paid digital ads on social media sites, that helped influence public opinion. In their statement, End Citizens United noted that the current laws, along with Russian interference prove how “vulnerable our democracy is”, due to the “loopholes” that allow for anonymous, even foreign, money to have unlimited influence on US elections, with no way to trace where the funds are actually coming from.

 

In their statement, End Citizens United argued that Russia’s reported interference helped make the case for “stronger disclosure laws to help prevent undue influence by foreign entities” in the US election process. They called on Congress to pass reforms and to instruct government agencies to “prevent untraceable spending” in US elections. According to End Citizens United, it is not just US elections, but the integrity of US democracy, that is at stake.

 

Recently, due in part to Democrats’ anger over the election of President Donald Trump and the idea that PAC donors feel like the “system is rigged against them“, End Citizens United has seen a surge in donations, as part of their goal to “elect campaign finance reform champions” to Congress. Having already raised $4 million in the first quarter of 2017, End Citizens United is projected to raise $35 million ahead of the 2018 election cycle, far more than was raised before the 2016 election cycle. Already, in 2017, they have endorsed and encouraged donors to contribute to the special election campaign, in April, of Georgia Democrat, Jon Ossoff and in the May 25 special election campaign of Democrat Rob Quist of Montana. End Citizens United is also in the process of determining which candidates they will help defend in the 2018 election cycle.

 

End Citizens United was started in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, that allowed that corporations had a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns. End Citizen United’s stated goal is to “combat Big Money in politics and dismantle our rigged political system by electing campaign finance reform champions and passing state ballot measures.”

 

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Sources:

 

ECU Statement on Groundbreaking TIME Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election:

ECU Statement on Groundbreaking TIME Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election

 

End Citizens United raises $4 million, projects $35 million haul for midterms:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/04/04/end-citizens-united-pac-raises-4-million-/100000662/

 

End Citizens United PAC:

https://ballotpedia.org/End_Citizens_United_PAC