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 :

Lime Crime CEO Doe Deere Overturns Fashion Rules

“Everyone should wear whatever makes us feel like our best, most expressive selves, regardless of the occasion!” That’s the credo of Lime Crime cosmetic line founder Doe Deere, who says beauty is “what feels right at the moment”.

Deere’s line of intensely colorful, cruelty-free cosmetics has developed an enthusiastic international following since she introduced it in 2008. “Experimentation and FUN is something I brought into Lime Crime, when I started the brand,” Deere said.

Recently named one of Self-Made magazine’s Top Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs, the Russian-born beauty encourages women to express themselves in every way. An avid supporter of other women-owned businesses, Deere loves mentoring other aspiring female entrepreneurs and welcomes them to contact her for advice through her Instagram.

Deere also says women should set their own fashion standards by ignoring “rules” that limit choices and inhibit self-expression. Tired old ideas like “don’t wear a bold eye with a bold lip” and “don’t mix too many colors or patterns” get the thumbs-down from Deere, who says women should mix and match the makeup and clothing colors that make them happy.

Rules that limit when you can wear socks or tights or specify that girls with candy-colored hair must wear only blacks and neutrals get a similar down vote from Deere. Calling herself a “socks and tights addict”, Deere said she feels no outfit is complete without a statement pair of socks. And when it comes to hair color, she says having rainbow hair shouldn’t stop you from wearing vibrant colors. “Just pay attention to how the colors work together,” she said.

Two of Deere’s least favorite fashion rules say that women should dress according to their age, and every outfit should be chosen strictly according to the occasion. Deere says every garment is appropriate for every occasion, as long as it expresses the wearer and makes her happy. “I believe that clothes are made to be enjoyed, so I rarely save outfits for a special day,” she said.

And when it comes to the “dress for your age” concept, Deere says the right style is your own style, no matter how old you are. “True style knows no age! Just because you turned 30 doesn’t mean you need to ditch your fun stuff and replace it with a more conservative wardrobe. Your age shouldn’t dictate the color or pattern of the garments you can wear. Do YOU, at any age,” Deere said.