Betsy Devos – on topic article

Newly appointed Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos has proven she is a fighter. Over the last year in her post, the press hasn’t exactly been kind. She has had some missteps and said a few things she surely would like to take back. However, those who know her best say she shouldn’t be underestimated. While some may believe that she is merely just a “yes” woman in the Trump Administration, she knows how to speak up about things she has issues with.


DeVos, the former conservative Michigan Republican Chairwoman, has worked hard to make education choices in her state more plentiful. She is driven, focused and will not stop until she gets her way. While getting her way didn’t always happen, you can rest assured, she put up a fight.


DeVos comes from enormous wealth. Her father, billionaire businessman Edgar Prince, was a well-known conservative philanthropist and businessman. Liker her father, she has used that wealth to gain political muscle and steer conservative legislation in her favor. For instance, even though her bid to get tax payers to foot the bill for school choice voucher fell flat. She was able to convince legislatures in surrounding states to take on the initiatives. So with her help, 15 states now have some form of school choice.


Not the obvious pick for Sec. of Education, DeVos arrived in Washington with very little experience. The biggest complaint — neither she nor her children had the opportunity to use federal financial aid, for obvious reasons. How can she understand what average, everyday Americans go through if she hasn’t had the same experience?


Despite the knocks, most people believe she will learn the ropes. One of her biggest educational foes, National Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, says people do underestimate her.


According to critics in her state, DeVos spent a lot of time attempting to steer tax dollars away from public schools and give it to charter schools. Weingarten says it was a direct attack to undermine public education. Also, over 80 percent of the state’s charter schools are for profit and very little oversight is provided. And while the state’s charter schools have their own issues, the public schools are at the worst they have been in years.


The fact that the press has not portrayed her in a very good light has irked her to no end. Like during her confirmation hearing when she was asked about weapons in school and answered that the guns were “for bears.”


Regardless, DeVos is determined to succeed. She has reached out to Weingarten and National Education Association President Lilia Eskelen. She plans on visiting schools with both officials in the near future.


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Ronald Fowlkes: Watching Backs

Our military and armed forces are the best of the best. They are trained to stop any force on the planet and to protect the citizens of our country. But the question is who is watching their backs for protection? Well, I recently found out its people like Ronald Fowlkes. This former U.S. marine and SWAT member is doing a job that people don’t usually think about.

Ronald Fowlkes is the Manager of Business development for First Spear a company that creates tactical gear to protect soldiers, policeman, and even security guards. Ronald always had a love for the military and at 17 joined the marines right out of high school. After spending years in the field, he now dedicates his time to this new craft. He actually first came to know First Spear as a soldier himself and always remembered the great quality of the product. His experience in the field has lead him to know what gear and quality is needed by our military to do their job thoroughly. Ronald believes deeply in teamwork and thinks that’s what spurs the success of many of his ideas. In fact, he thinks surrounding one’s self and learning how to manage or delegate them is something imperative and he recommends others to do so. Recently they came up with new technology involving tubes and laser cutting that has lightened the new gear sets by 40%. Ronald’s strategy to grow businesses is too simply focus on customer satisfaction and with this job satisfaction from the customers is 100% imperative as lives are involved.

Ronald Fowlkes tries to balance his personal activities and office job every day. He spends a lot of his early work day getting calls from international buyers. First Spear equipment however is made completely domestically in the U.S. Ronald Fowlkes seems to work like a well-oiled machine in the job place and seems to his own system of getting things done. He likes to write everything down and it definitely pays off. Ronald Fowlkes uses his experience as a soldier to make our soldiers safer with his designs from First Spear. With him there to support its hard to see the military failing in any venture.