Month: July 2018

Betsy DeVos: The New Education Secretary

Have you heard the latest from Washington regarding education reform? Betsy DeVos is the new US Education Secretary, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2016. She has been working through a lot of criticism, but she continues to be positive and excited about the changes happening across the United States in education. In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” she discussed her plans with Leslie Stahl. She has been doing a great job with interviews as she tours the country in support of educational choice, explaining why it’s a great option right now for students and parents.

 

Leslie Stahl grilled DeVos on the educational choice programs she is working on in different states. He pointed out that standardized testing and Common Core Math have been increasing scores by 20% in the past few years, but DeVos looks at the reports of students not entering college with the right math skills and reading comprehension. She says that only time will tell if the new programs are more successful. She believes that they will be.

 

Educational choice has received a lot of criticism simply because many do not understand what it means. Most believe that it is public funding for charter schools, but actually, educational choice is giving students the freedom to pick where they want to go to school so that they don’t have to attend a failing school just because of a zone or where they live.

 

Educational choice programs are more than charter and private schools as well. Students can choose to go to a magnet program, as well as virtual schools and homeschooling courses. Basically, parents and students now have a way out if they do not like the school where they are zoned. Many ask how this is paid for, but they would be surprised to note that much of the funding comes from philanthropy, not public funding.

 

Donors like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton have been donating to the educational choice movement for many years. As DeVos continues to move around the country, she has been a champion of this movement and has brought forth a variety of fresh ideas to help students understand that they can have the education where they want to go to school.

 

This has become an increasing problem for American students who simply don’t want to go to the school where they are zoned. Students now are able to pick the programs, and DeVos hopes that they will see more progress if the programs are allowed to thrive.

 

She has also been tasked with school safety reform in the wake of several school shootings in the past few months. This has given her time to work on new policies with legislators, but it has taken away from her educational choice campaign. She hopes to help with school safety and new options for educational choice throughout the rest of her appointment.

 

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Alex Pall & The Chainsmokers Ramp Up Intimacy In New Single

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are collectively known as The Chainsmokers and for the better part of the past five years, they’ve controlled the airwaves. With an almost mechanical consistency, The Chainsmokers have released singles that have routinely dominated the charts and the radio waves, gaining critical and commercial acclaim in equal measure. After a prolific start to their careers, Pall and Taggart are looking to take a step back in order to re-evaluate how they approach their music while amplifying the intimacy of their new tracks. Pall and Taggart have made the decision to make their new titles more intimate than ever, giving a real look into the minds of the famous EDM/Pop duo. Their newest single, Don’t Let Me Down’, features Taggart himself on the lead vocals — a first for the band.

Pall and Taggart aren’t discarding all of the hard work that went into making them one of the biggest pop groups in the world, but the EDM duo has shown the willingness to take what is working while discarding what is not. The two were linked together after a mutual friend put them in communication. Before pairing up to form The Chainsmokers, they were just two DJs looking to make dance music. After being connected, it was made evident from the get-go that they shared a mutual interest and work ethic that would soon help to craft them into global superstars.

After coming together in New York City, The Chainsmokers are looking to turn their next record into a real event. Pall refers to the new record, headlined by ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, as a new era in the lifespan of The Chainsmokers. With so much success in their past, this new era seems like it is only being set up to become more successful. Pall and Taggart are already back to touring at a ridiculous pace and they readily admit that it impacts the way that they write their music. Pall and Taggart have become focused on making their newest record more timeless, pushing away from some of the ‘topics of the moment’.

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