How Betsy DeVos is Bringing School Choice to the Mainstream

Finding capable and stable leadership in high ranking government positions can be a difficult job. It can be even more difficult when that position has to be filled by someone who is genuinely passionate about their work. Fortunately for President Trump and the White House, the position of Secretary of Education has been taken up by Betsy DeVos — a hardline Republican from Michigan who believes in the concept of the voucher system and school choice. DeVos comes to Washington with a long history of pro-school choice work in her past and that is definitely worth digging into.

The role of government in education has always been a hotly contested concept. For decades people have wondered just how involved the government should be in the role of educating a child. Readers can go back more than 50 years in order to learn about Milton Friedman who famously penned, “The Role of Government in Education”. This was one of the first missives that expanded upon the concept of school choice. Now, decades later, school choice is finally getting a mainstream hero in the form of Betsy DeVos.DeVos knows that school choice has come a long way and that there is still a long way to go, however that doesn’t stop her from staying optimistic. Her work has been heralded as more than just important to the role of government in education, but essential. DeVos says, “I’ve never been more optimistic.” She goes on to recite all of the important statistics that show a serious surge in the sphere of school choice. DeVos points out that there are more than 250,000 students enrolled in 33 different publicly funded, private choice schools throughout 17 different states. I almost didn’t believe the numbers, this was a sign of serious growth potential.

One thing that many people have against government officials is that they don’t feel like they are truly working for them. I’ve always thought that government officials merely come up and adopt the stance that their administration needs in order to get things done. However, this clearly is not the case with Betsy DeVos. DeVos has been a devout school choice advocate for decades and she has been trying to get things done in that field since well before it was popular to do so. Betsy and her husband, Dick, have been trying to work Michigan into a state that embraces school choice for decades now.For DeVos, finding peace through school choice education has been the mission of her life and it is something that she will continue to tackle at the highest educational role in government. DeVos’ work has thus far stood for itself and there is genuine hope that it will continue to do so in the future. Follow her on Twitter :

When Did the US Treasury Cede Authority to the Federal Reserve?

If you do a careful study of the changes in American currency over the years, you might be surprised. The Texas Bankers Association has a good understanding of how finance has changed over the years. Its November 2016 Annual Strategic Opportunities Conference allowed for the financial experts to prepare for future developments.

US Treasury Controlled Currency

From its founding in 1789, the United States Treasury has been in charge of the American currency. If you take a look at old dollars, you will see “US Treasury Note” and the department’s seal on them. It was quite clear who called the shots.

Chief Decision Maker: Federal Reserve

In 1914, that all changed with the rise of the Federal Reserve System. Thereafter, two seals were actually listed on the American dollar: the Treasury and Fed. Eventually, the dollar became the “Federal Reserve Note.” When the Fed Chairman spoke, people listened.

Innovative NexBank Funds Future

When NexBank CEO John Holt spoke on the aforementioned conference’s panel – “Reinventing Community Banking: Perspectives on Competing by Innovation” – people also listened. Here was a rising Dallas based bank discussing what future financial products would lead the industry.

The award-winning NexBank offers student, home, business and institutional services. It was ranked in the Top 10 in April 2017 as 5th in the nation on pretax return on equity (community banks with assets between $1 billion to $10 billion). Its strategy is obviously working well.

The future belongs to those who prepare today. The Texas Bankers Association conference allows for NexBank to be a key decision maker. The US Treasury has gradually ceded authority to the Fed. Only the future will show if that trend continues.

Parents Are Happy With Rocketship Education

There has been an open letter written by 374 parents. Their wards are studying in 19 charter schools. This letter has been sent to the Metro Nashville Public Schools school board. It is addressed to its Director, namely, Shawn Joseph.

These are the parents of children who are attending the public charter schools in Nashville. These include the East End Prep, besides Intrepid College Prep, and KIPP Nashville, along with LEAD Public Schools. Others include the Liberty Collegiate Academy, besides Nashville Academy of Computer Science, as well as Nashville Classical, and Nashville Prep. The other schools are New Vision Academy, and Purpose Prep, besides RePublic High School, as well as Rocketship Northeast. Next are the Rocketship United, and Smithson-Craighead, besides STEM Prep, along with STRIVE Collegiate, as well as Valor Flagship Academy along with Valor Voyager Academy.

The parents are very happy with Rocketship Education. They say that they have opted for school choice as they moved into the high-performing school’s zone. Or else they entered the lottery. This way they could get seats in schools of their choice, and this included Rocketship Education too.

They say that they are like parents of any other students who may be attending any public charter school. They felt that their zoned schools could not meet the demands of their children. Hence they had to look for other schools, and this included Rocketship Education too. Hence they are surprised to find their schools coming under constant accusations as well as attacks.

These parents feel that the members of the MNPS board do not want their children and their schools to do well. But this may be the thought of a few members and not the entire board. Hence the parents of these students are demanding an explanation.

These parents are asking all the elected officials to come together and look for a solution. This would require looking at the opportunities as well as challenges being faced by all the public schools in the city.

Hence the parents are asking the board to stop these attacks on the schools and become a productive board focused on the welfare of the students studying in schools including Rocketship Education.

Madison Street Capital: Towards Customer-centric Excellent Services

There are very few companies in the financial services industry that matches the reputation of Madison Street Capital (MSC) as one of the world’s leading specialists in mergers, acquisitions and organizational reorganization and restructuring. As a top-notch financial services provider, the Chicago, Illinois-based firm has developed a customer-centric strategy that ensures all their services are tailor-made to cater for the unique needs of their clients drawn from a wide range of industries. For customers seeking to navigate complex business processes such as mergers and acquisitions, Madison Street Capital also carries out due diligence and market analysis, in collaboration with their client, to ensure that they find the right partner. This was the case of ARES Security, which was seeking for recapitalization and financial partnership. Maintenance Systems Management and WLR Automotive Group successfully restructured and reorganized their operations thanks to MSC’s excellent service delivery. Learn more:


MSC’s portfolio of clients and successful case studies and testimonies also include the successful merger between The Spitfire Group and DCG Software Value, which the company played a critical role. The critically-acclaimed Madison Street Capital reputation has been feted with several individual and company level awards. Anthony Marsala who cofounded and currently serves as the chief operating officer of the company was honored by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts with a 40 Under Forty Award. Financial professionals voted it to the final list of the 2016 leading companies with excellent track record of successful advisory on restructuring, reorganization, mergers and acquisitions. After restructuring its own operations, MSC won the 2017 M&A Advisor Turnaround Award. This is one of the highest industry awards, which MSC won by holding off competition from over 300 firms. Learn more:


Company Profile: Madison Street Capital


Madison Street Capital was founded over a decade ago when Anthony Marsala and Charles Botchway came together in 2005 to establish an investment bank. The two founders head the company’s management team with Charles Botchway serving as the chief executive officer. However, over the past decade the company has restructured and reorganized its operations, which has enabled it to expand its portfolio of services as well as operational markets. While becoming a fully-fledged financial advisory services provider, MSC has also ventured into new geopolitical regions including Africa and Asia. It has also increased its market presence in North America with its wide range of highly customized services. The company’s client enjoy comprehensive services that include legal assistance, company analysis and valuation, due diligence and portfolio valuation. Learn more: