Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in Indiana Friday to visit schools

Ma'Lik Richmond walks toward the victim and her family to apologize after he and co-defendant Trent Mays were found delinquent on rape and other charges during their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville Ohi

Ma'Lik Richmond walks toward the victim and her family to apologize after he and co-defendant Trent Mays were found delinquent on rape and other charges during their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville Ohi

Her visit focused on workforce development and vocational education. She briefly thanked her parents and the school for their support while she was earning her degree.

"This is a great example here of meeting students where they're at and really addressing the needs in a community", said Besty DeVos. As a state based media outlet reports, DeVos's tour chose the school because of its "role in the landmark Supreme Court case" that led to raising the standard schools must meet to educate students with disabilities.

DeVos will be using observations from this visit to make decisions about future education initiatives.

Contrasting to DeVos's message about public schools as being "a mundane malaise", 73 percent of parents responding to the poll "said their public school was 'excellent or good, ' 20 percent said it was 'adequate, ' and just 7 percent said their public school was 'not so good or poor'". "We want to encourage local education leaders to continue to be creative, to empower parents with options and to expand student-centered education opportunities".

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Her announcement was followed by outcry from student survivor groups across the country who see this as an attack on their protections. We are talking this week about rethinking schools because the way that we've done school for over 100 years is essentially the same. She's visiting schools across the nation that are coming up with new ways to teach and inspire children.

DeVos' stop was the second on Friday in the last day of her tour.

The Indiana stops include: 21st Century Charter School in Gary; Hope Academy Recovery High School in Indianapolis; and Eastern Hancock High School for a football game in Hancock County.

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that the Trump administration is "once again choosing politics over students, and students will pay the price". "It's time Secretary DeVos reconsiders her support". The school is part of Indiana's private school voucher program.

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