Betsy Devos Goes Hard for Education Reform in America

November 14, 2018

Betsy Devos has become a polarizing figure in American politics. For one, she has been criticized for her inexperience, and she has had to deal with a much larger criticism: that she works for private interest. However, Devos says that simply isn’t true and everything that she has worked towards in the past year is proof of that.

 

Educational choice isn’t about public funding. She says that those who believe that simply don’t understand how the program works or that philanthropy has largely supported the program for many years. Philanthropy is one way to describe the support that she has received from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sam Walton. She has also donated $134 million from the Devos Family Foundation.

 

Philanthropy has supported much of the changes that have been made to educational choice, including programs in states like Florida. The state is well known for its educational choice offerings, as it has the most options out of any state. Students in Florida don’t have to go to school in a failing zone. They can choose to go into a magnet program, virtual school, homeschooling program, private school, or charter school. Florida is also the only state with a tuition-based scholarship program as well.

 

So are the programs successful? Devos believes that they will be. She has only been in office since February 2017. Standardized testing has been around for 20 years and barely achieved any progress. Common Core has been around for many years and has yet to achieve any success.

 

It’s clear that Common Core must go away to Betsy Devos, but it hasn’t been her focus. She has wanted to implement educational choice in more states. Unfortunately, most states are still trying to change over to Common Core and won’t consider using educational choice at this time. There are a lot of benefits for the program according to Devos.

 

In addition, Devos has said that people don’t understand what she is trying to do and that as the programs go forward, it will be clear to see how they are helping families remain in control of their education.

 

School safety has also been a major concern for Devos. She was appointed to lead the school safety reform movement after there were multiple school shootings in early 2018. So far, schools have made changes during the summer of 2018 in preparation for the new school year. Many schools have had new security guards put in place as well as different evacuation routes and drill exercises.

 

Devos has another two years to affect change at the state level. It’s clear that she will have to campaign harder in the new few months.

 

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The Scope of Fortress Investment Group

November 7, 2018

Alternative investments have been termed as the future of finance by many pundits. The investment niche, however, is one of the most complex niches to navigate especially to a typical investor. Fortunately, companies such as Fortress Investment Group over the past two decades have changed the narrative to the potential investors willing to invest in alternative markets. Fortress, which is turning two decades of operations this year, is currently the most successful company in alternative investment.

What are the statistics that make Fortress the ideal investment management company? First, the customer base of this management company is diverse. It manages more than 1700 entities both companies and private investors. The diversity comes with a massive amount of assets value to manage. Currently, there is more than $41.4 billion worth of properties that the company is managing. Furthermore, the company apart from being a trendsetter in the USA market is in more than 17 different countries.

Contrasted to a majority of companies in investment niche, Fortress Investment Group has one of the most qualified management teams. Each principal of this company is an expert in a specific niche of alternative investment. For example, Wes Edens and Randy Nardone are in charge of the fast-growing Private Equity business. On the other hand, Pete Briger is exceptionally great in the Credit business. In addition, the three principals apart from being experts in the above areas of operation, they are products of the best universities in the world.

Fortress Investment Group has three major units of operations. Credit business, for example, has been in operation for the last 16 years. In the last sixteen years, Fortress through this unit has been not only successful in managing undervalued assets but also illiquid credit investments. This mode of management has made the company profile to shine in the investment market.

Besides, the company has been keen on managing and investing in private equities. With a four point’s agenda, the company has not only invested and managed investment is more risky areas but has succeeded. The four pillars of this unit of Fortress Investment Group include transport and infrastructure, financial services, health, and energy.

For details: www.fortress.com/about