Betsy DeVos Continues To Fight To Improve The United States Educational System

As Betsy DeVos begins to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States, many have wondered who she is and what she has done. This is not a question that Michigan natives need to ask, because they are already familiar with the woman who has helped to improve their state in so many ways. Mrs. DeVos is a philanthropist and educational reformer, and while not everyone agrees with her points of view, they do respect her as a good woman who follows her heart and tries to do the right things. When she began her bid to become the Secretary of Education for the U.S.A., she decided to open up her books and reveal her giving. When this happened, many people got to see that her husband, Dick DeVos, and herself have donated more than $139 million to charitable causes over their lives.

 

Betsy DeVos has donated to many different causes, but one of her favorite causes has always been education. Since her younger days, she has worked to see educational reform in the United States and has been especially vocal about hoping to see public funds cover the tuition of charter and private schools. She feels that it is ridiculous, in this day and age, that children are being forced to attend a particular school based solely on the zip code of where their home is located. This forces parents to send their kids of to sub-par schools sometimes where their kids have a hard time learning or there is violence. While there may be charter or private schools in many areas in the United States, the majority of families can’t afford to send their kids to them because of their income.

 

Betsy DeVos knows that she was lucky to grow up in a wealthy family that was able to send her to private schools for all of her young life. She also attended the private Christian college, Calvin College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics. This doesn’t mean she has never seen the families who are effected by not being able to afford to send their kids to charter or private schools. It is for these people that she fights, and she has made a lot of progress over the years. There are close to a quarter of a million kids now who are in publicly funded, private-choice programs and that number is growing at a rapid pace. Back in 2011, she was happy to see that Indiana passed a voucher program that in its second year enrolled close to 10,000 kids. Other states have done the same, and she expects this trend to continue in the future.

 

Betsy DeVos was asked about digital learning in a recent interview, and she commented that she believes that digital learning can completely support charter and private schools. She also believes that it is having an effect on the minds of people that were closed down to educational choice. They are beginning to understand that kids do not need to go to a specific building to get an education. She believes this is one good step in the right direction.

 

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Jeremy Goldstein’s Involvment in Improving The Lives Of People Living With Mental Disabilities

Jeremy Goldstein is a member of the Fountain House board of directors. This is an initiative that was started by six members who were former mental patients at the Rockland state hospital in Orangeburg. Read more: Jeremy Goldstein | Slideshare and Jeremy Goldstein | Crunchbase

They bought a shelter in New York with the aim of housing psychological illness victims and making them feel less lonely while undergoing the mental disorders. Today, Fountain House has been a success having renowned personnel in the medical sector like Dr. Nirav Shah recognizing them for helping change lives of people battling mental illness.

With the help of their able leadership and support from the board of directors, The Fountain house members work together to attain their set goals in both academics and employment, to boost each other’s confidence, develop long lasting friendships and acquire new skill sets. Learn more about Jeremy Goldstein: https://medium.com/@Jeremy_Goldstein and https://www.chambersandpartners.com/USA/person/485609/jeremy-goldstein

The members actively take part in areas targeted at improving their community like communication, culinary, memberships, and reception, education and horticulture. Besides providing shelter, the house has other programs like education, health and wellness and forums for young adults to encourage them not to give up on life.

The Fountain House has been instrumental in helping people affected with Mental illness basing on statistics generated from surveys carried out. For instance, only a third of people with a mental disorder in the general population finish school while 77% of Fountain house members complete their education.

When it comes to getting admitted in the hospital, unlike the general populace that has 50% rate of hospital admissions, Fountain house rates are as low as 10%. Also, Fountain has provided housing to 99% of its members while close to 22,800 mental illness victims in the general population are homeless.

To support this worthy cause, Jeremy Goldstein and two of his partners, Jim Finkel and Omar Khan organized an elaborate dinner with the aim of raising money for the foundation. The event held on May 22nd was among the best fundraisers organized in New York and took place in the Roof deck of the Nomad Hotel in New York City. The tickets were selling at $3700 and the returns would 100% be given to the Fountain House.

The philanthropic lawyer operates his law firm by the name Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC. He started off working with the largest Law Firm in New York City before opening his firm and has been actively involved with some large collaborative deals within the past decade like the Health Analytics acquisition by IBM.

Jeremy holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from the New York University School of law and has an M.A from Chicago University. Besides being on the Fountain house board, he is the chairman of the Mergers & Acquisition subcommittee that is a part of the American Bar Association Executive Committee in charge of compensation in the business section.