Education Secretary, Teachers Union Chief Meet on School Tour

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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, talks with pre-k students Alivia, 5, and Kellen, 5, while visiting Laura Foster’s class at the Van Wert Early Childhood Center, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Van Wert, Ohio. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joined DeVos during the visit. (Cathie Rowand/The Journal-Gazette via AP) (Associated Press)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Maria Danilova on April 20, 2017.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the head of a national teachers union sought to find common ground as they toured public schools in Ohio, but differences remained.

The school visit came just months after American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten fiercely opposed the nomination of DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter and private schools. In the past Weingarten has accused DeVos of feeling “antipathy for public schools.”

During the visit to schools in Van Wert, a town in northwestern Ohio, Weingarten said the two women have earned a reputation of “combatants” but that finding common ground is crucial for the sake of students.

“Van Wert proves that support for public schools transcends politics,” Weingarten said as she thanked DeVos for visiting the school. …

Washington Post 4/20

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