Education secretary's visit to KC school draws protests

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Kansas City Academy Friday morning.

"It was absolutely wonderful", said Hope Academy student Dustin Mitchell, "I'm hoping this leads to a lot more recovery schools".

Her visit focused on workforce development and vocational education.

"Our commitment to these protections for all of our students, faculty and staff remains as strong today as ever", Bentley President Gloria Larson said.

DeVos is highlighting schools that she says are offering innovative and groundbreaking curriculum and teaching methods.

"Madame Secretary listened very, very well", said Elliott, "and when you hear from your students and parents and their stories, that makes you understand how important this school is to the community". She then headed south to Hope Academy.

"Our country's investment in affordable higher education provides individuals with the skills they need to participate in the 21st century economy", the lawmakers wrote.

Osborne was a member of the school's second panel with DeVos and charter school officials.

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

DeVos will visit schools in Gary, Indianapolis and Hancock County.

With the exception of the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, charter schools generally had fewer 10th-grade students that passed the English and mathematics portion compared to public schools.

And school choice, with an emphasis on vouchers and charter schools, is her passion. "We want to encourage local education leaders to continue to be creative, to empower parents with options and to expand student-centered education opportunities".

24-Hour News 8 asked DeVos what will happen with the information she gathers from Indiana.

The "Rethink School" tour started in Wyoming and Colorado.

Devos will visit a school in Missouri before heading to in on the last day of the tour. We are talking this week about rethinking schools because the way that we've done school for over 100 years is essentially the same.

Vanessa Coleman

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