In New York, Mixed Reaction To DeVos' Confirmation

13 February, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • In New York, Mixed Reaction To DeVos' Confirmation

The video showed DeVos then turned around and walked away, with one protester walking beside her shouting, "Go back!"

ABC News said one protester shouted: "She doesn't represent anything that they stand for". "I hope you're proud of yourself".

"We wanted to be out here to support them, to send a message to DeVos that we support a public school system of right, that we are not going to tolerate the closing of our public schools", she said. "Our school!" filled the cold air as more passing students and faculty were drawn into the event.

DeVos said in a statement that she respected peaceful protest but "I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education". "No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation's school children". 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.

"She in fact is not an opponent to public education, she's not out to destroy public education". DeVos' Cabinet appointment is one of the most contentious in history, following a lengthy filibuster by tireless Senate Democrats and a 50-50 Senate vote that had to be broken by Mike Pence. "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".

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The Feb. 9 editorial "Do your homework, Ms. DeVos" restated The Post's long-standing support for "school choice".

Dr. Jason Glass said new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has an "ideological agenda that is not in the best interest of public schools".

DeVos' political "crime", it seems, is that she not only thinks her children deserve a quality education, but will fight to provide other families the same opportunity.

Both senators opposed DeVos' nomination over the Republican mega-donor's ties to charter schools and voucher programs, which could potentially gut public school programs.

"I would hate to [see] some school districts that are nearly abandoned because they are considered failing schools". "Public education teachers believe that public education is the cornerstone, it's the foundation of our society".

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