Students give Betsy DeVos an education at Kansas City Academy

by Joy Montgomery September 18, 2017, 0:35
Students give Betsy DeVos an education at Kansas City Academy

DeVos says she wants to return education flexibility to the states.

Before the game, she grabbed a bite to eat and talked with parents inside the school.

"Well because I've been visiting schools this week that are doing things differently, creatively and innovatively, to meet students' needs and to help students find a good fit for them", answered DeVos.

Kansas City Academy is a progressive school that teaches grades six through 12. The tour took DeVos to Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

Others had issues with DeVos's support of the school voucher system, saying it further weakens public education.

"I think what is anxiety provoking for everyone is that she didn't provide a clear direction of what's going to change, and so it put us all on notice that a change is coming but we're not sure what that is going to look like", Stoops said.

During the interview, DeVos said she wanted to empower parents so they can make the right choices for their children's education.

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As education journalist Valerie Strauss reports on her at the Washington Post, DeVos's remarks to an audience of public school school children were anything but an upbeat message.

"The (Women's) Center knows that the University will closely monitor any legal developments, but at this time, does not have plans to change current policies or current response to sexual violence on campus", Dalton said.

Parents and board members also attended the tour.

A siege of cameras followed her every step inside Hope Academy in Indianapolis.

DeVos' stop was the second on Friday in the last day of her tour.

"The draconian cuts imposed by the Trump-DeVos education budget would mean more kids packed into classrooms and fewer resources to train and retain teachers", he said.

Carole Carlson is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.

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