Betsy Devos Visits Miami Charter Schools with Pitbull

Betsy Devos visited a select sampling of schools with different educational backgrounds in the Miami-area. Those schools included a public school, a private Christian school, two higher education institutions, and a charter school that was initiated by the rap star Pitbull. Devos, who is a Conservative Christian, visited the charter school with Pitbull to show her support for school choice.


Florida is considered a model for school choice and has been visited by Betsy Devos three times. She is an ally of the former Florida state governor Jeb Bush and his support for the voucher programs that use public money for private and religious school tuitions and the development of charter schools. The Devos family has ties to Florida due to her father-in-law buying the Orlando Magic Basketball team, and the family continues to own the team to this day.


Betsy Devos also visited the CARE elementary school which was the former Chrisitan Academy for Reaching Excellence. The CARE school takes part in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program allowing corporations and private business to donate money for scholarships to assist low-income students the ability to attend a private school. She also visited the SLAM, or sports leadership and management, charter schools. The for-profit company Academia runs SLAM and other charter schools in the Miami area. Academia is one of the largest for-profit school management companies in the state of Florida with noted ties to state legislators. State legislator Erek Fresen’s brother-in-law is the founder of Academia. Fresen has been the target of an ethics violation due to his close ties to the charter school financing industry. Some critics have voiced concerns over the violation of the constitution’s separation of church and state.


Some people in the Miami area were concerned and unhappy with the fact Pitbull was the celebrity founder of the SLAM school. The concern stems from the rappers song lyrics and his abuse of alcohol and drugs. Some have complained that his appearances are a marketing ploy for the charter school. Florida assigns grades to each school resulting on state test grades and other rating criteria. The SLAM school received a C.


Pitbull’s keynote speech at the charter school conference has also become a trending topic due to his reference to Bill Cosby as a former speaker at the same conference. John Oliver made a comedic reference to the speech on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” in 2016. The reference further reinforced concerns of Pitbull supporting a charter school.


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Impressionable facts about Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is one of the most successful entrepreneurs, and over the past years, he has successfully launched some ventures. Dick was born in 1955 and is also a great American author. Dick acquired his entrepreneurial skills at a very young age when he and his brother used to attend to their employees and visitors at their company which was based in their home. His father was an excellent business man, and he taught them on the basics for conducting a good business while they were still young. Growing up in a business oriented environment, Dick acquired a lot of knowledge on the best strategies to do business, and up to date, he has successfully launched a significant number of ventures in the United States.


Dick has a vast education background, which has also contributed to his successful career. He acquired a bachelor`s degree in business administration from the University of Northwood and later furthered his studies at Harvard University. Dick also received an honorary doctorate from some schools In the United States and is a highly recognized alumnus of the Northwood University. Dick then started his business career at Amway Corporation where he held various positions. Dick later took a role of the vice president of the firm, and through his term of leadership, the company made massive sales that saw it acquire a lot of profits.


DeVos`s excellent leadership skills were one of the leading causes of the tremendous growth of the business, and he has continued to prove his expertise in the industry over past years. Besides, the company also launched some other ventures since he became part of its management and as a result, many people have amended his significant achievements and contributions to the growth of the enterprise. Since then, Dick has worked in some firms including Windquest, Orlando Magic, among others through which he been able to prove his excellent leadership skills as well as managerial skills.


The prolific entrepreneur later ventured into politics in the later years and was elected as a great member of the Michigan state board of education before resigning. Dick then became part of the management of the freedom fund that highly advocated for the upbringing of every child in the united states. He has been involved in some political affairs, and Dicj is currently the president of the foundation that he and his wife launched. He is a great advocator for education and looks forward towards getting every child in school.


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