Do you think it’s possible that educational choice can work in America? Devos believes that it can. She has been working with leaders in every state to make educational choice more of a priority, but it has been slow as many school leaders don’t see the point in changing standardized tests. While it’s been shown to have some improvement, it has taken this long to get students acclimated to the way that public teachings focus on tests and Common Core, instead of helping students learn.
Devos wants to change the ways that people look at education in America. She has been on a mission ever since her days at Calvin College. She has been working education reform mostly in Michigan, but through her philanthropy and donors like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sam Walton, she has been able to achieve some major programs in each state for families who wish to send their students to better schools whether or not they are zoned for them.
Part of the issue is that students do not like the current way that math is taught in schools, while others see it more of an issue with failing schools, and their inability to change. Devos has also recently been put in charge of working with school safety reform and providing more security for teachers and students. This comes after a dozen school shootings have taken in place in the past two years.
Devos has been meeting with security officials to help school campuses in the next year. In a recent interview, she talked about what’s going to happen on “60 Minutes.” She spoke about her dislike for Common Core Math, as well as the idea of adding more guns to schools through teachers. She doesn’t believe that teachers should train with guns either. She simply wants to create the safest environment for students in American schools.
Her cause has caught the attention of many in Hollywood. Some say that she doesn’t have the background in education to be the US Secretary of Education, while others know her strength and see it as a good thing for the public school system. The hope is that educational choice will make schools more competitive, while also providing the best place for students to get an education based on what they want to do.
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Educational choice is Devos’ main platform. This program allows students to go to school at magnet programs, private schools, charter schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling programs.
Francisco Domenech is the Managing Partner of POLITANK. POLITANK is a law firm for government affairs that specializes in the strategies for private interest before government forums. He was the former Director of the Office of Legislative Services of the P.R. Legislative Assembly from 2005 to 2008. It was the local legislative equivalent of the U.S. Congress’ Congressional Research Service. Francisco Domenech put together the 130 employees and expanded the services from the Legislative Library. It also expanded to help the blind and physically handicapped. Check out Francisco Domenech on Youtube.
Francisco Domenech has participated in the consideration of more than 800 pieces of legislation, managed $11 million in the annual budget and turning surpluses within his three years of as the director. He was also the P.R. Senate President’s Chief Legal Counsel, which was responsible for providing legal advice and representing the Senate’s interest before the courts. This position was also in charge of managing all in-house counsel work and outside counsel supervision. While in this position, Francisco Domenech participated in a rare en banc hearing before the Court of Appeals.
A twice graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Francisco Domenech received his B.A. in Political Science as well as his Juris Doctor. In college, he was the President of the General Student Body Council in 1999-2000; he served as an Academic Senator before the UPR Rio Piedras Campus Academic Senate from 1998 to 1999, Francisco Domenech was the Student Body President of the UPR’s College of Social Studies.
From 2007 to 2012, Francisco Domenech was a member of the Democratic National Committee. He served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign; his managed its success in Puerto Rico. Francisco Domenech was the Campaign Manager for Jenniffer Gonzalez’ successful bid to the first women of Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner. Francisco Domenech has actively supported many philanthropic endeavors in his years and has overseen many campaign strategies.
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Nabors Industries superstar Tony Petrello is known for his philanthropic endeavors around Houston, Texas. He and his wife Cynthia love giving back to the community in any way they can.
Tony is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board at Nabors. With an eye for detail, vast knowledge, and dedication for his employees Anthony Petrello is well loved and respected in his home state of Texas.
Tony Petrello’s wife Cynthia Petrello has had a successful career on TV, on stage as an actress, and is also a model. On top of being a philanthropist she is also a fashion maven winning the Stellar Award from CKW Luxe.
Recently Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia recently hosted a party for a fellow Texan at their home in November of last year. The party was a huge hit. There was live music, cocktails, and appetizers to munch on for 50 special guests. They could stroll around the beautiful property while enjoying the night’s festivities.
Tommy Tune is a celebrated Broadway star who came to Houston to perform at the Miller Outdoor Theater. 5,000 of his biggest fans were in attendance to see their favorite actor on stage. He performed a play based on his real life called “Tommy Tune Tonight.” The famous Broadway star’s roots go deep in Texas where he was born in Witchita Falls. He attended college in his home state, graduate school, and even studied dance from none other than fellow Texan and well-known actor Patsy Swayze back in the day. Tune has experienced a lot of success in his career including winning 10 Tony Awards! Houston, Texas even has the Tommy Tunes Awards in which up and coming high school students can win scholarships.
Tony and Cynthia Petrello’s relationship with giving back is how they initially connected back in college. Their daughter suffers from a neurological disorder, so giving back to children is priority to them. They help fund research for childhood neurological diseases by donating $7 million dollars to the Texas Children’s Hospital where their daughter is being treated. They also helped raise $50 million dollars for that same hospital as co-chairs. This does not conclude all their philanthropic endeavors and continues to education, which Tony is very passionate about. He created an endowment fund in honor of his good friend and mentor mathematician Serge Lang. Tony Petrello received degrees from Yale and Harvard which have served him very well.
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