Betsy DeVos and The Public School Situation

Betsy Devos began her career as the new head of the Education Department in the Trump administration amid a certain amount of controversy. Her confirmation hearings had her embattled, and she was only confirmed to the position when Vice President Pence was called in to break a 50-50 tie vote. Since then, DeVos has continued in her position amidst criticism that she knows little about public schools, as she never served in one, nor did her children ever attend one. Now, Devos has raised a few more eyebrows with her actions of seemingly going behind the back of President Trump after his recent action on transgender bathroom use.

 

During the Obama administration, Obama okayed a federal policy that allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms of their newly assigned gender. Trump, however, took action to rescind that policy, and publicly, Devos supported the move, saying that Obama’s ruling was an example of “executive overreach.” Privately, however, Devos met with a representative for gay and transgender people in her department, to warn them that the ruling was coming.

 

A Private and Public Face

 

All of this supports the criticism that has come of Devos that she behaves very meekly in public, but privately, she is a hard-charging political fighter who will behave fiercely in order to get her way. As a Republican party chairwoman in Michigan, Devos had a reputation for using her position, and her vast wealth (she is a billionaire) to achieve her political ends. She was known to be very “determined” and “steely” when she had her mind set on a certain goal. Others noted that she did in fact “instill fear” in some people, with her way of setting her own agenda, regardless of the cost to others.

 

An Interest in Charter Schools

 

As the head of the department of education, DeVos is in charge of public schools in the United States. Her lack of experience in managing or even taking part in the administration of a public school is part of what lead to the controversy surrounding her appointment to the position. DeVos has, in fact, been very involved in the charter schools movement in Michigan, promoting the use of vouchers for students who wanted to leave a failing public school. Right now, the situation with public schools in Michigan is deteriorating, and the voucher approach apparently hasn’t helped lead to any improvements. More than anything, DeVos seems to support a free market approach to schools, and she is in favor of schools run as for profit businesses.

 

Right now, the situation with the school system in Detroit is described as “chaotic,” and DeVos, thus far, has made no real moves to improve the situation.

 

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Adam Milstein Sponsors A Meme Contest With Pro-Israel Themes

Submissions are now being accepted by The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation for their upcoming worldwide competition. The competition is run by Adam Milstein and offers the creators of pro-Israel memes the opportunity to display their unique skills and win prizes with a total of $2,000. Your memes can be dramatic, funny, poignant or whatever appeals to your taste and style. The contest will include image macros which are an incredibly popular form of hashtags, websites, videos, and images. Although slightly varied they have spread throughout social media.

 

According to Adam Milstein this contest is his way of expressing support for Israel in a fun and loving way. The panelists he has put together are all experts in making memes. Public voting will start on August 3rdand every participant is allowed to submit five different memes. The way Adam Milstein designed the voting it will be based on the emoji icons in Facebook such as wow, love, like, haha, sad, angry, etc. The voting will close on August 14th.

 

Once the voting for Adam Milstein’s contest is over, a panel consisting of six pro-Israel activists from high school and college will choose the winner. There will be one prize for first place, two for second place, five for third place, and ten for the runner ups. The contest winners will be announced on August 17th. The contest is looking for entries with both a love for Israel and a good sense of humor. Adam Milstein has found a way to promote an incredibly worthwhile cause in a way that is fun and reaches quite a few people. There is a lot of excitement about the contest and seeing the memes submitted.

 

The contest has been sponsored by in excess of a dozen pro-Israel and Jewish organizations as well as The Milstein Family Foundation. The foundation was founded by Adam Milstein and his wife Gila to keep the Jewish communities and the state of Israel safe by giving future generations pride in their Jewish heritage. The foundation also gives Americans who are pro-Israel the expertise and knowledge they need to become an advocate for Israel. There is no doubt Adam Milstein’s contest will be successful.

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