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Protesters block DeVos as she tries to enter a DC public school

Protesters block DeVos as she tries to enter a DC public school

Another said: "She's giving money to senators and buying her way into the position".

WJLA reports that a number of protestors "physically blocked" the education secretary from entering Jefferson Academy in southwest D.C., which is close to the Department of Education building.

One protester was arrested for assaulting a police officer, according to the news story.

The Washington Teachers Union, while not taking part in blocking DeVos' visit, did show their opposition to her agenda.

The highly publicized protest triggered responses from other political figures including Kellyanne Conway, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser, who all mostly echoed each other's sentiments. "We don't condone such acts".

"Jefferson Academy is a public middle school on the rise and a great example of the successful collaborative innovations occurring within the D.C. Public Schools system".

Most charter school advocates are happy with her confirmation but Raymond J. Ankrum of the Riverhead Charter School remains cautious. "There has been talk of diverting public school funds to private entities, including for-profit corporations, which has already caused much damage to many college students".

"As a product of public schools myself, and a father with one child - soon to be three - in the public school system, I believe it is important to have someone leading the Department of Education who will fight for public schools", Gardner said in a statement. Her strategy was foiled instantly, however, as protesters laid out to block her from proceeding up the stairs, forcing her to retreat back to her vehicle.

James Cultrara of the New York State Catholic Conference, which represents 500 Catholic schools, says that her opponents will be pleasantly surprised.

Teacher's unions, education experts, and Senators, have questioned DeVos' suitability for the job given her lack of experience in the education sector.

The biggest sign of change came Wednesday noon when Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote for Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education.

It ought to be unsettling to many people to hear members of the U.S. Senate worrying aloud about the damage DeVos allegedly will do to public schools. "Please let her in".


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