In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead, the next question on the minds of citizens and representation is what to do next. The education secretary Betsy DeVos and Democrats in Congress have been pushing for hearings for school shootings following the Florida school shooting. The push for congressional hearings is happening even though mass school shootings across the nation have not resulted in any additional legislation to improve the issues around the matter. Following each mass shooting -such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School- there were calls from citizens to make improvements on background checks and restrictions for firearm sales and mental health care. These calls on representation to implement these improvements to the manner of how we sell firearms and to mental health care still led to nothing being passed.
The education secretary Betsy DeVos made a statement following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She commented during a radio interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that the shooting should open up more discussion and methods on treating mental health issues in this country. The focus on mental health care is being brought up by DeVos and others based on the shooter Nikolas Cruz showing clear indicators of mental illness, instability, and violence. DeVos sees the congressional hearings as a chance to have that discussion on mental health issues and treatment in this country.
Washington Senator Patty Murray (Democrat Party) agreed with Education Secretary DeVos on this issue needing a thorough and complete discussion for real solutions in Congress. Senator Murray is a member of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. She encouraged Republicans in the Senate to open up to congressional hearings on mental illness. Senator Murray stated that many people and families across the country are wondering why Congress isn’t acting with common sense debate and legislation to handle the mental health and gun safety legislation issues.
Others in Congress wrote a letter to the Republican chair and Representative Virginia Foxx requesting a congressional hearing following DeVos’s calls for one. Representative Bobby Scott and of Virginia and Representative Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon wrote the letter. They stated that the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 dead and many other injured was preventable. The brought up the fact that following the Sandy Hook shooting five years ago there have been 230 school shootings and more than 430 people have been shot in those shootings. There has not been a congressional hearing concerning these shootings since 2013. It is long overdue for Congress to once again address the issue and to perhaps finally come upon a legislation decision to help prevent more shootings from happening in the future.
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The Academy of Art University is a very prestigious art school located in San Francisco, California. The school is one of the largest of its kind in the country. It began in 1929 when Richard S. Stephens founded the school. Today there are almost 13,000 students in attendance. The Academy of Art University recently held its 21st fashion runway. The school does a runway every other year. Their event was held in September of 2017 and took place at Skylight Clarkson Square. In the runway, a handful of designers showcased an outfit that they designed and put together. Among the designers was MFA fashion designer Hailun Zhou. Hailun created her piece using the inspiration from pictures she had taken while journeying for one of her creativity based classes. She made an outfit using vinyl and PVC, along with some other fabrics that she fused together. Another designer who showcased their work in the runway was Eden Slezin. Eden used the inspiration of individuality which he finds very pertinent in San Francisco. He used various materials ranging from organic denim to recycled bicycle tires to make his outfit. Another notable designer in the event was Dina Marie Lam. Dina is from Los Angeles and she used the inspiration of emotions she was having due to the passing of her aunt. She wanted to evoke a feeling of warmth in her outfit. In result, she choose warm and soft materials to make her piece. Another designer that featured a piece in the runway was Saya Shen. Saya is from Beijing, China. She was inspired from various landscape photographs which she had taken herself. Her work mirrored her photographs as used wavy silhouettes to portray the trees and ocean waves she had photographed. Finally, there was Cana Klebanoff. He was inspired by the Japanese Samurai and the armor used to protect them. His work demonstrated a feeling of comfort, but also a sense of strength and pride. All of these designers used completely different means of making their outfits for the runway. Each of them demonstrated amazing attention to detail and outstanding talent.
Betsy DeVos recently became the 11th Secretary of Education for the United States of America after being nominated by the President Trump administration. DeVos is well known for her work in philanthropy as well as her political focus in Michigan. Standing over all of her work’s history, DeVos has been focused on being an advocate for school choice for children across America. DeVos knows that people need to have options when it comes to pursuing education and she is willing to stand behind those beliefs. DeVos broke down what led her to becoming such a school choice advocate and the reasons are enlightening.
You can track DeVos’ focus on education back to her childhood as she watched her mother work as a teacher at a public school. From an early age she saw how hard teachers had to work in order to give children an opportunity to actually learn and progress in the classroom. DeVos also saw that not all education was made equal and that there were some serious ways that improvements could be rained down upon the system. This sparked what would become DeVos’ life long focus on fixing what she saw as the faults in the American education system through political means and legislation reform. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
Betsy DeVos stands for the role of educational choice and she is going to be working hard to pass legislation in order to bring it to states all across the country. School choice fundamentally allows for more lateral freedom in terms of picking where your kids attend school. Rather than being beholden to a zipcode, parents can bring their kids to any school of their choice and have it publicly funded all the same. At one point in time this belief was actually considered to be pretty radical, though now it has tamed somewhat as it has gained more popularity. There are 17 different states with 33 programs that are currently educating 250,000 students via this program. DeVos wants to bring it to every state in the country.
If you looked at Betsy DeVos’ work history you would see that she has always been working with the people and for the people. DeVos worked as the chair for the Michigan Republican Party for several years while she worked to advance political legislation in her school choice focus. She also worked as a philanthropist by working directly with a pair of important 501(c)(3) charities: Alliance for School Choice and All Children Matter. It’s increasingly clear that Betsy DeVos is not going to rest until she manages to make substantial gain in terms of the school choice movement. She cites Florida as her biggest recent break through but more states are surely on the horizon. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.