Kansas educators react to DeVos confirmation

Mathew BarnettFeb 13, 2017

Several dozen protesters, some of them with small children, gathered at Jefferson Middle School in Washington DC, and shouted as Betsy DeVos tried to enter the premises. "They said if DeVos succeeds in her role than everyone succeeds - including all public schools and teachers".

Protesters also clashed briefly with police at the front entrance to the school when they formed a line to block a auto they believed contained DeVos.

Randy Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the groups that vigorously opposed Ms DeVos' nomination, condemned Friday morning's incident.

DeVos' controversial confirmation came at the hands of Vice President Mike Pence whose tie-breaking vote led to her snagging a position she is tremendously unqualified for.

DeVos was met by a protestor outside of Jefferson Middle School Academy.

Charter schools indeed can be a good alternative to public schools that are failing - and big cities are full of them.

Charter schools and vouchers have allowed politicians to avoid the hard work of rebuilding urban public school systems that largely serve black and Latino students.

DeVos advocates for school voucher programs and charter schools, and has donated millions of dollars to MI state legislators to try to transform the public school system. Like her predecessors, DeVos will be limited in her ability to push her agenda. "Our school!" filled the cold air as more passing students and faculty were drawn into the event.

In his State of the State Address Thursday evening, Governor Justice said that he wanted to limit public school bureaucracy, end the A-F school rating system, stop consolidation, increase teacher pay by 2 percent, and make education a revenue producer.

Yesterday, left-wing activists blocked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from using an entrance into a public school and screamed at her as she and her staff retreated to her van.

DeVos said in a statement after her visit that "I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. Please let her in".

Davis tweeted about the scheduled visit on Twitter Thursday, and urged parents and teachers to show up to "say "NO" to privatization of our schools".

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