Protesters greet DeVos in her first visit to a public school

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WASHINGTON — Several dozen protesters are gathered outside a public school where Betsy DeVos is paying her first visit as education secretary in a bid to mend fences with educators after a bruising confirmation battle.

DeVos visited Jefferson Middle School in southwest DC early Friday. About 50 protesters gathered outside the school, holding signs and shouting “We fight back!”

DeVos has previously worked to promote charter schools and school voucher programs, which her critics say would hurt public schools. She was confirmed for the job by the Senate on Tuesday by the narrowest possible margins, after two Republicans opposed her.

Journalists were prevented from entering the school to cover the event.

“I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education,” DeVos said in a release. “No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”

Full statement

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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  • Vast Right Wing Conspirace

    Just your typical liberals – well acting like liberals. They do not want their children to receive a good education, they want other people’s kids indoctrinated by the liberal teachers into believing only liberal doctrine!

  • Chief Waukazoo

    Maybe the protestors are teachers. If they are parents it’s strange they wouldn’t want something better for their kids. They’re probably just professional protestors on Soros’ payroll.

  • Cindy

    People seriously need to get a life. She is trying and now they want to be rude. How do expect to get kindness if you dont show it. Im so sick of people.

  • Mac Woods

    Does anyone on the left have a job? I’ve never seen a group with so many collective man hours to burn at protests all over the country………

  • steve

    “We fight back”. Fighting what? The bottom feeders that are “protesting” something are only dividing our country further apart than it already is. But then, I’m thinking that’s exactly what they want.

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