Source: The New Yorker
Most people have witnessed or heard about the recent fiasco that was the hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for the position of Secretary of Education. After requiring a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie, the first of its kind, Betsy Devos went to work, or at least she tried.
Visiting Washington D.C., DeVos was attempting to enter an area middle school where she was supposed to be attending an event at 10 A.M.; however, her path was blocked by many protestors holding signs and shouting “Shame!” Throughout the entire process, DeVos has been a polarizing figure. She has been an outspoken proponent of charter schools and school vouchers on the grounds of school choice; however, her opponents claim that she only wants to defund and dismantle the United States public education system. The recent protests outside of this middle school are evidence that she will continue to remain a source of controversy despite being confirmed as Secretary of Education.
After the event was over, the protestors were still present. DeVos stopped to make a brief statement describing that it was a joy to visit a local area school. Reporters who had gotten wind of her visit tried to ask her for a statement regarding the protests around the school. She deflected the question and instead reiterated that she enjoyed her stay. It remains to be seen if DeVos will stand up for public schools or follow through on her platform.