Betsy DeVos Responds to Protestors: 'I Will Not Be Deterred'
Feb 12 2017 by Alex Thomas
"She has been a leader in the movement for public charter schools - the most successful reform of public education during the last 30 years", said Sen.
One protester shouted: "She does not represent anything that they stand for".
Although the group of demonstrators was small, they created a barrier to the entrance of Jefferson Middle School Academy, which forced DeVos to turn around and get right back in her auto.
Devos arrived at Jefferson Middle School Academy where she was greeted by demonstrators who kept her from entering the school.
DeVos eventually returned to the school and entered to speak with teachers and the school principal. "No school door in American will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation's school children". After a man threw himself in front of a staircase leading into the school, DeVos was forced return to her vehicle, a small number of protesters chasing after her.
"I'm not afraid that we're going to lose children to other schools", Crider said.
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted afterward: "Don't we want the Sec of Education to visit schools?"
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, tweeted: "Just heard a protester blocked & nearly knocked Secy @BetsyDeVos down at Jefferson".
Weingarten herself tweeted: "We don't condone such acts".
Video didn't show DeVos being pushed.
The billionaire Republican donor reportedly delivered her first public message to education department staff on Wednesday, during which she acknowledged the backlash she faced in the confirmation process. "Please let her in".
Northeast Queens has the two top-performing school districts in the city - District 26 in the Bayside area and District 25 in the Flushing area.
If she wants to take a wrecking ball to the public school system, she should at least have to break through a wall first.
One of the most opinionated responses read: 'Enjoy destroying our education system. Only one more Republican senator has to reject DeVos-and reject how she would hurt our public schools-to prevent her from being in charge of schools across this country.
DeVos's confirmation was also the most highly contentious of any in history, and the fact that the Vice President had to make a tie-breaking vote to confirm her should weigh heavily on her mind.
Whiston would like to see a further expansion of this kind of freedom, and hopes that DeVos "returns the power to the states, and really gives us the control to decide what should happen to students in our own state and not have the federal government dictate to us", he said.