Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Makes Kids Her First Priority

Recently appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick have given away millions of dollars of their massive fortune to several charitable causes.

The couple talks the talk and they walk the walk. Much of their giving reflects their strong political and religious beliefs. Before she became Trump’s Education Secretary, she was at the forefront of Michigan education initiatives. The DeVoses are huge proponents of charter schools and the voucher program. They believe that children are entitled to receive a good education regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation show that the doled out nearly $10 million for a variety of charities and causes. All total, about 26% of the DeVoses donations go toward education. Recently, the foundation funded former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s The Partnership For Education with $400,000. The nonprofit helps children of limited means. DeVos has also given $150,000 to the Success Academy Charter School.

Betsy DeVos says it was always her goal to help all children secure a better education. After she graduated from college, she wasted no time studying the state’s educational system. “There were a lot of cracks and a great deal of things I saw was unfair,” said DeVos.

Betsy DeVos, like her husband, came from a background of wealth and influence. Her father was the billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince. Her husband, Dick, is the son of Amway founder Richard DeVos. Although both lived privileged lives, they learned the value of paying it forward at a very young age.

DeVos has always been a big player in Michigan politics. Before her appointment with the Trump campaign, she was the chairperson of the state of Michigan board of education. She also played a huge role in her husband’s 2006 gubernatorial run to unseat incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Although the race grew close in the last weeks, DeVos lost by 8 points.

DeVos says she will continue to give through her foundation as long as the need is there. In her role as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos vows to continue to make education accessible for all Americans. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

Charles Koch Makes Another Donation

The law school at George Mason University is being named after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative justice who passed away in 2016 and many are pointing to the influence of Charles Koch in accordance with this naming. The Koch brothers have long been supporters of both Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and George Mason University and their donation of $10 million for the law school renaming, along with $20 million from an anonymous donor is more likely to be steeped in their great respect as well as the notable achievements of Justice Scalia rather than some ulterior motive.

There have been many critics of the Koch Brothers over the years, most closely related to the impact and support for various conservative politicians has had on the outcome of various political races both national and local races. Charles Koch earned his fortune from Koch Industries, the second largest private company in the United States and one that is diversified into a number of industries. They have been politically active since the 1970s and have supported various political groups from libertarians to Republicans, all with a focus on reducing the size of government and the waste that comes with it. The Koch brothers are believers in the constitution and the rights afforded to individuals under it.

While neither of the Koch brothers attended George Mason University there are some ties that Koch Industries have to the school, namely through some executives who are former alumni of the school. Though this is the case, the Koch Brothers significant contributions to George Mason University, to the tune of $48 million over a four year period not including the large $10 million donation noted above, dwarf other contributions to schools that the brothers have made. No other university received more than $1 million annually during the four month period noted above.

The sheer size of the contributions to George Mason University have led people to speculate what the cause of these large donations are. While George Mason University is located just outside of Washington DC, their contributions to the school seem unconnected to this. A spokesman for the Koch Brothers say that no contributions have strings attached to them. Instead, Charles Koch appreciates the significant contributions that George Mason University have made to society as well as their significant law and economics programs and the manner in which they help to benefit the country at large.

Michael Zomber: Jack of All Trades

In today’s society, it is rare to find people like Michael Zomber. He is a diamond in the rough to say the least. He knows what is important in today’s day and age and how to take proper care of it. He knows that everything that he preserves is a memory. After all, memories are what life is all about these days. We never forget them and they leave a lasting impression on us. Michael Zomber understands this and doesn’t take it lightly. That is what separates him from the pack and makes him stand out in the best possible way.

Back in 1998, Andrea and Michael Zomber created Renascent Films, which disturbed such films as La Cucaracha, Soul of the Samurai, and one cannot forget the one-woman show, Deep Sea Diving. His works have even received praise from the late, great Roger Ebert. He doesn’t give out praise to just anyone. This just stands to show what kind of artist, human being, and individual that Michael is, overall. Quite frankly, there isn’t anything that the man can’t do once he sets his mind to it. His determination is second to none. He works on every detail of his projects from start-to-finish.

Not only has he tackled and taken on the film world, he has also been in print and been part of literary world. Shogun Iemitsu War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa is a story that is moving, well-written, and a real page turner. There is also Jesus and the Samurai, Sweet Betsy That’s Me, Park Avenue, and Son of Kentucky. Coming soon, of course, is Soul of the Samurai, which promises to perhaps be his best work yet, which is saying something considering what he has written and published so far. This is one to write down on your “to-read” list.

He also cares about others, which shows that he is using his position in the world for good. Michael and Andrea Zomber take part in Antiwar.com, Randolph Bourne Institute, Global Exchange, Amnesty International, Disabled American Veterans, Doctors without Borders, UNICEF, The Smile Train, and Get Lit’s. He takes time for everyone and everything. Sometimes we need to step back and acknowledge a special person and that person is Michael Zomber. He is truly one-of-a-kind and someone that makes a difference in today’s world and makes it a better place.  PRWeb has a very inspiring story about Zomber’s exoneration, that has led him to his current successes.