Embattled Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proceeds to conduct and conceal in the persistent criticism she has received from the education community, that denounces Donald Trump’s policies.
Federal guards were stationed outside to prevent the 100 educators from entering.
The education representatives — led by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association — assembled in Washington, D.C., to protest DeVos’ call to radically slash the federal education budget by $9 billion.
This, while the Trump’s administration is demanding a $50 billion funding growth for the Pentagon.
DeVos has basically been in war with educators since she was sworn into office this past year and started unveiling the government’s stunning string of education initiatives, for example rescinding federal guidelines for accommodating students with disabilities, weakening Title IX regulations so that colleges are urged to let accused rapists interrogate their victims, and denying to provide financial relief to students tricked by predatory for-profit schools.
But students, parents, and teachers have been fighting back. Hard.
Last year, as the commencement speaker for Bethune-Cookman University, pupils started jeering even as DeVos’ honorary level was declared. And by the time she began her address, she was barely audible over the cries of protest.
Meanwhile, a current A Freedom of Information Act request by watchdog group American Oversight revealed that DeVos does not come into work much of the moment. Records revealed she only completed a full day of work 67% of the time during a five-month stretch this past year.
Education protesters are working harder than she’s.