Protesters Block DeVos From DC School's Entrance


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Two days into her tenure as secretary of education, Betsy DeVos was blocked by protesters from entering a public school in Washington, D.C. on Friday morning.

DeVos reportedly did make it into the building, where she was meeting with teachers union officials. The event was closed to the media.

Jefferson Academy teachers were to stay in their classrooms during the protests.

UPDATE: 11:48 AM EST - The Washington Post reports DeVos did gain access to the school via another entrance.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, tweeted out a response to protesters after she was blocked, writing, "Don't we want the Sec of Education to visit schools?"

Senate Democrats held an all-night debate to protest DeVos's nomination ahead of her confirmation vote.

"DC has the fastest growing urban school district in America", Bowser added. Screaming "Shame! Shame! Shame!", the protesters refused to allow DeVos to enter the school for her meeting with the Washington Teacher's Union.

Teachers aren't to blame for doing their jobs or always believing the education system needs more funding (and have gotten it perennially, despite non-competitive results in an global context).

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The Friday protesters in D.C. were small in number but loud in their dissent of DeVos.

"Betsy DeVos does not represent our students or our families here in D.C.", the teacher said. "She doesn't have our best interests at heart".

Though it sounds like a metaphor for her confirmation, it's true: DeVos ultimately entered the school through a different door, and the reception inside wasn't much warmer.

I am greatly skeptical of Sen. "Our democratic republic only works with an educated populace and public school systems serve everyone, educate everyone".

The vote split along party lines, with U.S. Sens.

One of the protesters, Jjana Valentiner, is an activist who had heard about the demonstration from her friend.

DeVos is a billionaire who has spent three decades lobbying for private school vouchers, charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools. Collins is a senator esteemed in vast influence at the national level, and she easily could have lobbied one Senate colleague to vote against DeVos. Parents and union members "greeted" her outside with signs saying "We love our public schools".

Her husband Dick DeVos added: "As we look at many communities in our country, the church has been displaced by the public school as the center for activity.[I] t is certainly our hope that more and more churches will get more and more active and engaged in education".

Now former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who served under President Obama, is coming to her defense.