Category: Education

Betsy DeVos Prepares For Rigorous Role As Secretary Of Education

When Betsy DeVos was nominated to become the Secretary of Education for President Donald Trump, the collective world seemed to shrug its shoulders. Betsy DeVos wasn’t a household name when she was nominated and she certainly didn’t come with a track record or political history to her name. In fact, Betsy DeVos is probably more of a political outside than President Trump himself. With that being said, Betsy DeVos has been hard at work over the past two years in order to establish herself as a political fighter and someone who is willing to fight for what she believes in.


As the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos is going to be tasked with taking care of one of the biggest problems plaguing the United States of America: middling results from expensive public education. Public education has always been under fire and for good reason. Despite all of the money being poured into the system, the United States of America continues to rank toward the middle or back of the pack in global ranking. Betsy DeVos knows that there is a ton of work to be done and she is approaching it like the reformer that she was raised to become.


Betsy DeVos spent over 30 years while living in Michigan in order to develop her reputation as an advocate for conservative education reform. She has chaired multiple foundations while working directly with the GOP as a prominent donor in order to get work done. Through her efforts, Betsy DeVos has given conservatives everywhere something to rally around in the form of education reform. Education reform, or school choice, was brought to the table initially by Milton Friedman. Friedman argued, in essence, for the right of parent’s to have more control of their child’s education in lieu of government intervention. While his arguments didn’t catch on immediately, Betsy DeVos has given them new energy and has fueled education reform on a national level.


Betsy DeVos is as close to directly responsible as you are going to get for the rise of school choice. She points out happily that more than a quarter of a million students are enrolled in publicly funded school choice programs in 17 states throughout the USA. Betsy DeVos points out that growth nationally has been consistent over the past several years and that it should continue in the future as well. Now, as the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos can have even more control over the growth that is coming. Still, that doesn’t mean that the work is going to be easy. DeVos has to work with a partisan political world in order to make it happen and she’ll have to continue being strong in the political arena in order to have success.


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Orange Coast College Architecture Students tour DeNova Homes

Just the other day, DeNova Homes played host to students from Orange Coast College, one of the country’s best transfer schools located in Orange County, California. DeNova Homes is a leading, private and family-owned home builder based in California with over two and a half decades of experience in the construction industry. The educational event was graced by the Division President Alan Toffoli who gave a speech at the OCC campus. Learn more:

Later that day, The Architecture students were given a tour inside and around DeNova Home’s two model homes the further proceeded to their ongoing construction site at Aura. Alan Toffoli reaffirmed their continued commitment to community outreach by expressly stating the importance of giving back to the community while at the same time showing their support of future talent.

Aura consists of 33 meticulously designed residences with a deliberate effort to complement the unique Orange County location while at the same time bringing out the city’s coastal beauty. It also features three-floor plans, each with either three or up to four bedrooms with a study and/or loft. These two-story homes cover an area of up to 2,143 to 2,401 square feet. Each home comes with its own private yard and a two-car attached garage. There is also an additional driveway parking in case the garage is full or just don’t feel like parking in the garage.

Aura’s home interiors feature excellent finishes including hand-laid designer-selected tile floors in entry, kitchen, and master bath. They are also equipped with plush carpeting and the beautiful European Quartz countertops throughout the home. Additional interior features such as shaker-style designer cabinets, and a Bertozzoni stainless steel appliance package is also included. Aura’s home exteriors are also complete with front yard landscaping. They are highlighted by three different elevations namely, Modern Farmhouse, Plantation, and Spanish. Their starting price point is at $800,000.

Homebuyers who want more information on this project can join the list of interested individuals at or call: (714) 424-9000. Interested brokers are also encouraged to get in contact with DeNova Homes by the above-given means.