Betsy Devos: the new US Education Secretary

Betsy Devos is the 11th US Secretary of Education. She has a number of critics on the left, mainly because of her views on for-profit education and educational choice. There has never been a more polarizing figure in education politics, but for the most part, Devos has done a lot to give power back to the states for education.


Devos started down this road in the 1970s when she was involved in politics at Calvin College, where she earned her degree. Since then, she has gone on to be a successful businesswoman, helping her husband through his gubernatorial run and also championing education reform in Michigan.


Since taking office in 2016, Betsy Devos has accomplished a lot. She has been working with states to provide more options to students, especially those who are affected by failing school zones. Educational choice promises to give power back to students and parents, allowing them to choose where they can go to school. They can now choose to go to magnet programs, charter schools, private schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling programs.


Devos has been at the forefront of education reform for many years. She has been working in Michigan since the 1990s along with her husband Dick Devos. Together, they brought legislation like “Kids First! Coalition.” Dick Devos also ran for governor in 2006. However, now is the first time where Betsy has actually been able to achieve widespread change, and she has been conducting numerous interviews in the process.


In a recent interview with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” she discussed the progress and success of her education choice campaign. She believes that Florida has had the most success as it has the most educational choice options, including a tuition-based scholarship program that students can get if they apply and get accepted to the school of their choice.


In addition to her educational choice fight at the state-level, she has been appointed to help with wide sweeping changes to school safety. Amidst gun violence, President Trump appointed Betsy Devos to reform school safety ahead of the 2018-2019 school year. Over the summer, many schools were updated for new security measures and began preparations to add metal detectors as well as evacuation routes.


It has been a long road for Betsy Devos but she continues to answer hard-hitting questions with great answers. She believes that educational choice is the way that students can get a better education despite standardized tests and common core math problems. She also believes that she will be able to bring more states on board by the end of her term in 2020.


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October 30, 2018

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Classic cars from Academy of Art University on Auction

The Academy of Art University has a collection of classic cars and has decided to have seven cars auctioned by Mecum’s a known auctioneer in Monterery. The process is a daytime auction and will be on August 23-25. One of the classic cars on sale is the 1929 Duesen berg model J which may go for more than $1 million.

A week ago, the University announced hiring a new chief executive to manage its collection. The university plans to have its collection open to the public museum. The university’s collection is usually open to students who are majorly studying cars, car designs, and restoration of cars’ bodies.

The Founding of Academy of Art University and its Car Design Program

The establishment of the University was in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens in the company of his wife, Clara. In 1951, their son Richard took over the management, and later his daughter Elisa succeeded him. The school has a program for restoration of cars apart from the teaching of car designs. The Academy of Art University was formerly known as Academy of Art College. The university is in San Francisco, California in the US. A private investor for-profit art school owns the institution.

The Number of Students and Staff

The Academy of Art University after being founded by Richard S. Stephens it has managed to have 283 teachers who are full-time employees.1154 are teaching staff are on part-time and attend to 12,600 students. The university claims to be the biggest privately owned art and design school in the US.

Admission and Professionalism

Open admission is available in the school, and the acceptance rate is at 100%. Academy of Art University has a faculty of current industry professionals which helps in the fostering of innovation. It has facilities that are state of the art and a curriculum in various areas of study.Graduates from the Academy of Art University have secured employment in companies like Nike, E.A, Apple, and many more.

Dr Elisa Stephen who is the current president with the help of the chairman Emeritus Richard Stephens, are busy propelling the university to new heights.The University is up to date with technologies and industry trends that are emerging. The number of students continues to increase making it the largest privately owned art & design institution in the United States.

August 24, 2018

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