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In a tweet before the vote, he wrote, "Betsy DeVos is a reformer, and she is going to be a great Education Sec. for our kids!" The event was closed to the media.

"Shame! Shame!" one of the protesters yelled as DeVos and an aide tried to enter Jefferson Middle School Academy - and then backtracked back to her black Chevy SUV.

Devos was able to enter the school later and meet with students and faculty.

Chanting "Shame! Shame! Shame!" activists, holding Black Lives Matter signs, shouted, "She does not represent anything that they stand for". "We want her to go to [public schools]". It wasn't known what group handful of protesters who blocked DeVos at the door were from.

Public schools are "the foundation of our society, that's how everybody learns what's right and wrong", Schwartz said. "The most important concern is that she has no experience in public education".

"I can tell you, my vote for Betsy DeVos was the easiest vote I ever cast", Pence said. "I think it'd be ridiculous if people ascribed politics to my clothes".

Who knew that Democratic politicians cared so much about public education in America? At one point, she said some schools should have guns because of the threat of grizzly bears. "I'm committed to working with you to make this the case".

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The vast majority of protesters were peaceful. This should of course be the first of many warning signs when it comes to confirming an individual such as DeVos. One need look no further than OH to understand the perils of publicly funding private schools without demanding accountability.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos walks with a bodyguard to a SUV after protesters blocked her from entering Jefferson Middle School in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 2017.

'Allegations that the U.S. Secretary of Education was assaulted are still under investigation, ' according to Margarita Mikhaylova, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department. She believes public money ought to be made available to private charter schools to give students and parents options. Never mind that she doesn't understand student loans and Pell Grants. The pair eventually made it in through an alternate entrance. On top of that, his administration has played a dictatorial role in public schools, from curriculum, to what bathrooms and locker rooms students can use, to how students are disciplined. But that felt different, the staff member said. "Her belief in privatization without equal accountability leaves high-needs students behind".

DeVos' opponents said they plan to continue protesting her appointment at every opportunity.

The District has been a laboratory for the philosophy of choice in education, in part because of its status as a federal district over which the federal government exercises great influence.

The lack of public education in so many small countries are driving the creation of radically focused ideas, as families have no other options for children's education. And it's perfectly acceptable if I send mine to public school. School vouchers will not fix the hopelessness in some of our communities.

The crowd followed DeVos as she turned to leave, with another man saying she had bought her way into the position.