Orange Coast College, past and present

The Orange Coast College recently received a donation of one million dollars from a former professor, Mary McChesney, which will be used to fund a Foucault pendulum for the new planetarium that is currently being built. McChesney has disclosed that the donation was made because she wanted to honor her partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed in January of 2017. Both women were language professors at Orange Coast College, McChesney of Spanish and English and Bonin of German, before they retired in 1983. McChesney holds hope that Bonin will look down from the sky and approve of the new construction and plans as McChesney shares half the credit with her late partner.

 

Doug Bennett, who is the executive director of the Orange Coast College Foundation, has given a quote about McChesney, saying she has been, “an ongoing contributor to the foundation and to scholarships.” He also said that he had known of her thoughts to donate but didn’t know just how far she’d go with her generosity. The necessity for the new planetarium stemmed from the previous one being broken down in 2016. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html

 

In contrast to the old planetarium, which sat about 35, the new one has room for 129 as well as an exhibit hall where there will be a display globe from the weather administration NOAA.

 

The goal is to open the planetarium for the fall semester of 2018.

 

Orange County College, or OCC, is a community college that is located in Costa Mesa, California. It was created in 1947 after voters requested a new junior college. Set on 164 acres and with a motto of “We’ll help you get there”, OCC is one of the three community colleges in the district. Many noteworthy people have attended OCC, from singers to actors to Olympic Champions. Ever since 1948, OCC’s campus newspaper has been The Coast Report. 5000 copies are distributed weekly. Learn more: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/

 

Betsy DeVos and the Role of School Choice

Betsy DeVos has been something of a local legend for the role of education in her home state of Michigan. DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, have been tireless workers in the realm of school choice and private vouchers for educational reform. Betsy has, I believe, been one of the most vocal proponents of school choice over the past 30 years and it has been her work that has brought the concept into the mainstream. Betsy has done a great many things in her political life but she has always been focused on the good of the children, no matter how many obstacles got in her way. Let’s take a look at how much work Mrs. DeVos has done to get us to this point.

 

We can go back nearly 30 years to see that Betsy DeVos has been a warrior for school choice basically since Milton Friedman wrote, “The Role of Government in Education“. School choice, for as obvious as it seems to some people, hasn’t always been a popular perspective to take on education and, for awhile, DeVos was sitting on the fringes fighting alone for what she thought was right. Now, 30 years later, DeVos has been joined by many others rallying around her work. Mrs. DeVos points out that nearly a quarter of a million total students are in the school choice program throughout 33 publicly funded schools that dot 17 different states in America.

 

This past year Betsy DeVos moved out of the local political scene after being nominated by Donald Trump for the role of Secretary of Education. DeVos joins the rest of President Trump’s administration as they seek to re-focus and re-tool the nation in their own image. DeVos has never had a better chance to really make school choice a priority around the nation and you can bet that she is going to take it.

 

It’s easy to read about school choice as a concept but it isn’t something that many people have run toward. If you follow Betsy DeVos’s lead then you’ll see how it can be beneficial. Betsy DeVos was drawn to school choice after a chance visit at the Potter Christian House years and years ago. On that visit Betsy DeVos wanted to focus on how children reacted to being in a school choice classroom. What she saw was a room full of children that were excited to learn, compassionate for one another, and ready to make education an important part of their lives. What more could DeVos have asked for? Right now Betsy DeVos is focusing on both Indiana and Louisiana as two states that are working toward passing major legislation in order to allow school choice to become more popular than ever.

 

Visit http://www.betsydevos.com/ to learn more about Betsy DeVos.