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There is a bigger Department of Education issue than Betsy DeVos

11 February, 2017, 12:31 | Author: Mae Harvey

It was abundantly clear from Ms. DeVos' confirmation hearings that she has not a scintilla of knowledge or understanding of education, much less public education and the system that she is charged with overseeing.

Newly sworn-in US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was forced to abandon a visit to a school in D.C. after she was physically blocked by protesters.

She ignored a local reporter who asked what she thought of the protesters.

The Post reported she eventually found a way in and met with some parents.

"Secretary DeVos is unquestionably unqualified for the position because of her lack of experience in government administration", Austin Raymundo, a freshman political science and economics, double major said.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser felt obliged to weigh in via Twitter: "We do not condone violence toward anyone", and "We welcome Betsy DeVos & anyone who wants to learn more about our schools".

DeVos, an aggressive proponent of charter schools, was visiting the school for a meeting with the D.C. schools chancellor, In a video clip circulated by ABC 7 News WJLA-TV, protesters blocked DeVos' way as she attempted to use the back entrance. The union, who said they did not support DeVos' nomination, also stated that they hoped she would be successful. She has been criticized for what opponents say is her support for school choice through charter schools and vouchers.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, one adult male was arrested for assaulting a police officer during the incident and a claim that Sec.

Jefferson Middle School Academy is considered one of the most outstanding schools in the nation's capital.

She added, "I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education".

Weingarten herself tweeted: "We don't condone such acts". She visited Howard University Thursday, along with Omarosa Manigault, an alumna of President Donald Trump's reality show, the Apprentice, who is working on African-American issues at the White House. At one point, she said schools should be allowed to have guns if their districts wanted, citing the threat of grizzly bears in Wyoming. "Public education teachers believe that public education is the cornerstone, it's the foundation of our society".

We need to have every adult engaged in the process of making public schools more effective. "Please let her in".


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