Betsy DeVos Believes In Educational Choice For All

Betsy DeVos is a billionaire who is also a philanthropist. Her primary activism has been in the field of education. I understand that this comes from the premise that Betsy DeVos has sent her kids to private schools. She has understood and appreciated how studying at private schools has impacted her kids.

Now Betsy DeVos would like to extend the same facility to other kids too. She is calling it as “educational choice.” I believe that this is her way of diverting public funds to private as well as religious schools. She is trying to privatize school education this way. One way of doing this is by installing the school voucher programs that can divert public funding.

I understand that this activism of Betsy DeVos has prompted Donald Trump to appoint her as education secretary. She is going to head the Department of Education in his Office. She will be responsible for setting up the education policy. I am well aware that Betsy DeVos believes in providing equal opportunity for education to all and this will be well reflected in the education policy set out by her.

Betsy DeVos has been a social activist and done philanthropy since long. It started in Michigan when she started helping students. This was at Potter’s House Christian School. She helped individual students for whom paying the tuition fee was a big difficulty. Slowly this number of students grew. Betsy DeVos was well aware that she could afford to send her kids to any school they wanted to. But everyone is not so lucky. Hence she decided to do her bit for them.

She is a proven leader as well as an innovator besides being an advocate. Her work in education, business and even in politics has been to remove barriers. She looks forward to enacting change and creating environments where people are able to thrive.

Betsy DeVos had earlier been the Chairman of The Windquest Group in Michigan. This is an investment and management firm having a highly diversified consumer product and service portfolio.

Betsy has been active in politics for over 35 years now. She has been elected as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party exactly four times. Today all her political efforts are primarily focused towards making advancements in educational choices.

Betsy has been the former chair of the American Federation for Children. She was also chair of The Philanthropy Roundtable board of directors. She has been on the boards of ArtPrize, and the American Enterprise Institute, besides the Foundation for Excellence in Education, as well as the DeVos Institute for Arts Management.

Betsy DeVos is married to entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick DeVos. They are the proud parents of four children as well as five grandchildren.

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It Takes Vision to be a Visionary: Omar Boraie

The Aspire is one of the tallest new buildings in New Brunswick, but still is not the peak of the plan of Omar Boraie, a 73 year old developer and visionary for a new urban New Brunswick. Year ago it was his dream to help rebuild New Brunswick in the same manner he witnessed in Europe firsthand, when he was a traveling scholar of chemistry from Egypt and witnessing the rebuilding and even rebirth of urban areas famous in Europe.

Only a man with aspirations would name a high rise “AspireWhen he began in New Brunswick in 1972 decent people couldn’t walk on the street after 4:p.m. People were doing a flight out of the city, “You couldn’t walk on the streets after 4 p.m. Everyone had left the city. But I thought, ‘This is an area where we could do something’.” He detailed his vision in the laudatory article in New Jersey Biz periodical, entitled The Visionary Omar Boraie.

The sons of Omar Boraie have taken their positions beside their patriarch visionary to continue his dream fulfillment far into the future ahead of metropolitan New Brunswick. The Vice President, son Waseem Boraie, credits his father with not only foresight and imagination that inspired his will to build the urban buildings, hotels and offices into newly constructed Class A buildings instead of the delapidated and broken buildings they replaced. He advises that in the past his father was ridiculed and considered crazy, when he first bought his vanguard of 24 buildings purchased one at a time until he had an entire business block. However, his father (Omar Boraie) had persevered without hesitation, and the buildings that stand in New Brunswick now are evidences of the Boraie classic style, innovative architecture and uptown savvy for what high rise tenants desire and how to elegantly provide it.

The Dream Continues
Boraie developers know people desire residential environments that are beautiful and interesting, with technology at their fingertips, and want those residential areas to be near their employment. This permits commercial endeavors incentive to invest in neighboring high rises, understanding employees will want to live nearby in modern, attractive upscale furnishings.

Before Omar Boraie, New Brunswick looked nothing like what you see today when gazing from the panoramic view of his eighth-floor office on Albany Street. In fact, the view didn’t exist at all. But now buildings of Aspire and Spring Street are the ideal and the ideal is available here and now.