A Highlight of Betsy DeVos Charitable and Education Background

Since Michigan philanthropist and Republican Party donor Betsy DeVos was appointed by President Donald Trump and ultimately endorsed as the new US Education Secretary, a lot has been said about what her leadership portends. An article published on The Atlantic Journal on 23 November, 2016 tries to extricate what we can expect. According to the article Betsy will among other things push for school choice, fight deregulation of charter schools and remain politically active.  She believes school choice will give parents the ability to choose the best schools for their children, whether public, private or charter. In line with his promise, President Trump has promptly proposed a $20 billion federal voucher program supporting parent’s decision to take kids to the academic institutions of their choice.

On deregulation, the DeVos family has in the past supported efforts to prevent the state of Michigan from strengthening their oversight over charter schools, even though the idea did not come to fruition. Following that stance, it is likely Betsy DeVos will lean towards deregulation. Statistics indicate that 80% of state level charter schools are operated by private companies, and there are fears that bad charter schools may continue to provide low education standard if left unmonitored. Politically speaking, Betsy DeVos is a devout Republican. She has served the party in various capacities, including acting as Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party at one time. Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos huge charitable donations and support for the Republican Party has been a subject of discussion by both supporters and critics alike. According to an excerpt on Mlive.com, the DeVoses donated $11.6 million in charitable giving in 2015.

The family doled out a total of $104 million during the same year; a feat that landed the family in the 2015 Forbes list of America Top Givers. In total, Forbes places the lifetime giving of the entire Devos extended family at a staggering $1.3 billion. Most of the donations from Betsy and her husband are targeted at educational causes. In 2013, the list of beneficiaries from the DeVoses included Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Cinematic Art in Grand Rapids and a Detroit charter school called New Urban Learning. Betsy support for education can be traced back to her upbringing. According to an excerpt on Wikipedia, Betsy DeVos grew in a conservative community of Holland, Michigan. She then went to a private school called Holland Christian High School. From high school, she attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Arts. While growing up in Michigan, Betsy attended Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Read more news on The New York Times.

Securus’s Double Dog Dare

In today’s world of technologies meant to keep people in touch with their families, I don’t think there’s one better than Securus Technologies. The facts are clearly in their favor, but that hasn’t stopped them from issuing what I call a double dog dare to their top competitor – Global Tel Link, or GTL.


PR Newswire recently covered this double dog dare. What I understand it to be is a great technology bake-off. Both companies keep inmates connected with their families. However, I have used both. GTL has far less superior customer service. I called once to get a glitch fixed, but alas, no one was able to give me a satisfactory answer.


The “bake off” challenge comes at a time when – in my opinion – Securus can boast. My goodness, they have more dollars invested in their company than GTL, and they are all about making sure that their customers, including me, are satisfied. I read that for every dollar GTl earns, Securus earns four. That’s four times as much money as GTL’s earning!


That’s a smart move on their part, honestly. In my opinion, they would lose hard and big.


Todd Lubar Understands The Real Estate Industry

Many people have an interest in getting into the real estate industry. There are a variety of reasons why people want to get into the real estate industry. One of the main reasons is that the real estate industry is an excellent place for people to establish a professional career. Many real estate professionals enjoy their jobs and earn a nice living. For the people looking to enter the real estate profession, there are numerous positions in the real estate industry.

While most people who have an understanding of the real estate industry know about positions such as the real estate agent and real estate broker, fewer people know about other positions such as the real estate loan originator. In many ways, positions in the real estate loan area of the real estate industry are less known than the positions on the sales side of the industry. However, real estate loan positions provide real estate professionals with a wide range of opportunities.

Real estate loans are a very important aspect of the real estate industry. Most real estate purchases usually involve some type of real estate loan. Either a loan for the vast majority of a real estate purchase or at least a portion covers the money needed to complete the typical real estate transaction. The main reason why real estate loans are used in many real estate purchases is because the amount of the real estate is usually too much for the average person to pay in total. Real estate loans give people the opportunity to make real estate purchases that are way beyond what they can pay in full or more than the amount of money they want to use out of their personal funds.

A real estate professional who has done very well in the real estate industry is Todd Lubar. He started his career in the mid 1990s as a real estate loan originator. Todd Lubar liked this particular position, so he decided that he wanted to make a career in the real estate industry focusing on the real estate loan area. Todd Lubar(toddlubar.com) spent the next decade learning as much as he could about real estate loans and the real estate industry.

The real estate companies that he owns focus mainly on providing real estate loans for people looking to purchase real estate. Todd Lubar has an interest in helping people who have difficulty in getting loans through traditional methods.

For more info, visit his Linked In page and this link: https://about.me/todd_lubar.