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Detroit schools and Betsy DeVos

Detroit schools and Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos, new Secretary of Education, was physically blocked from stepping inside a D.C. public school on what was to be her first official visit to a school. On Friday morning, her third day on the job, she was barely able to actually get into a school.

Elizabeth Davis, the president of the Washington Teacher's Union, said that the demonstration was not actually a protest of DeVos but a "vigil" in support of teachers and the public school system.

"DC has the fastest growing urban school district in America". Sources tell the Washington Post teachers wore black to protest her visit.

In a video of the standoff, a man holding a Black Lives Matter sign says, "Keep giving money to senators and buying your way to the position", while another says DeVos doesn't represent anything public schools stand for.

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.

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"There is a tremendous feeling for public education in this country, including in rural districts, including in red states, and anything that might undercut resources for our public schools is going to meet with a lot of opposition", he said. "That she wants the best for all children regardless of where they go to school but that she firmly believes, as we do, that it's the right and responsibility of the parents to make those decisions".

A handful of protesters briefly blocked one backdoor to to the school and forced DeVos to retreat to find another entrance, as shown in video from the event tweeted by WJLA-TV. "Please let her in". Mayor Murlel Bowser said, "This bears repeating: Protest - peaceful protest - is fine, but we do not condone violence towards anyone. D.C".

DeVos, said Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, "is fundamentally incompetent ..."

"I would hate to [see] some school districts that are nearly abandoned because they are considered failing schools". Instead, it appears she immediately turned around and retreated back to her vehicle, leaving the scene. The resolution said Duncan had supported a "failed education agenda" whose policies "undermine public schools and colleges, the teaching education professionals, and education unions".