Betsy DeVos Gives Her Views To The Congress

Betsy DeVos had gone to Capitol Hill in order to give her views to the U.S. lawmakers that states should be given certain rights. She is the Education Secretary in the U.S. government. She wanted states to decide that the private schools accepting the publicly funded voucher students must be allowed to discriminate against students for any reason whatsoever.

She has testified about the 2018 budget proposal of the Trump administration. This would be cutting $10.6 billion from various education programs. From this, $1.4 billion will be re-invested into promoting the school choice option.

Betsy DeVos along with President Trump has always promoted the expanding of alternatives to traditional public schools. She also wants to give the states as well as local communities the flexibility with their education programs. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

She wants States to have the flexibility to decide if the private schools accepting students with publicly funded vouchers can be discriminated against any student. This means that reasons like LGBT or coming from a family that has homosexual activity can be considered as a reason to deny admission to a student.

Betsy DeVos says that the parents are the best equipped in order to make a choice for their child’s education. She says that many children are forced to be in schools that may not be right for them. This is why something different needs to be done. There cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach anymore with regard to education. This kind of focus should be shifted to the states and local communities now as they are best suited to make the decisions.

Betsy DeVos also feels that States must have the flexibility of deciding if students with disabilities and making use of publicly funded vouchers in order to pay for their private-school tuition, should get protection under the IDEA federal law.

In such cases, families are typically asked to sign away their IDEA protections. Now states should be allowed to decide how they would like to run their own programs. In fact, each state must be allowed to deal with the issue in their way. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

Betsy DeVos wants that school districts with high poverty must get more funding as compared to the ones with low-poverty. This way there would be a level playing field for all.

Betsy Devos has been involved in education for a long time. She realized this disparity when she understood that she could send her kids to any school of their choice. But this option was not available to many parents in America. She has always fought for providing this choice to all parents. She feels that the education being given in public charter schools will not help children to achieve the dream which is America.

Betsy DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, who is the heir to the Amway legacy. They live in Manhattan. She has always believed in providing the best in education to children. She also realized that for many parents, even paying the tuition fee is a big thing. Hence she is supporting many such children through her charity.

End Citizens United Is True to Its Name

End Citizens United is a new political action committee. Its focus is to campaign finance reform. The year 2016 will be important for them as they plan to put in millions of dollars. All these will only be for those Democratic candidates who will be running in the highly competitive House as well as Senate races all across the country.

 

While End Citizens United has been able to raise nearly $2 million from small donors till now, the plan is to rake in around $25 – $30 million.

 

The goal here for End Citizens United is to pass a constitutional amendment that is going to reverse the decision of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United as that led to a large amount of dark money getting inside politics.

 

Over 325,000 persons have signed this petition of End Citizens United that demands Congress was passing such legislation. This number is going to see a major rise as this group partners with the “Ready for Hillary” campaign.

 

End Citizens United has also endorsed 11 Democratic candidates. These include former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin along with Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.

 

The reason why this political action committee is garnering so much attention is that they are looking at the political angle of it all. They are getting those people elected who would be able to change the existing laws. Hence they are backing those candidates who favor campaign finance reform and will stand up with them.

 

A completely independent and separate expenditure arm will have to be constructed next year as the candidates will be backed through financial initiatives that include big expenses. This means television ads, mailers in addition to polling.

 

A constitutional amendment means an uphill battle for all those choosing this path. This is because not a single Constitutional amendment has been made in America since 1992. Just raising the amount of money required to get a constitutional amendment passed is not enough. What is required here is to get the law changed that can be confirmed by a new Supreme Court justice who can shift the balance of the court.

 

This does not mean that groups such as End Citizens United are useless. In fact, they are involved in public awareness of this decision by the Supreme Court. It helps to build political pressure on the Supreme Court as well as political figures so that things do not become worse.

 

Also, having access to $25-30 million can definitely lead to an impact in a Senate or House race.

 

End Citizens United is not backing Republicans as they feel that most of the Republican leadership in Congress is coming in the way of overturning such a rigid and disastrous decision by the Supreme Court.