Education Secretary Faces Largely Silent Protest At Harvard Speech

Published on 28 Sep 2017, 23:57
At a speech at Harvard University on Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was confronted by largely silent protesters carrying signs opposing a Trump administration move to change how colleges handle sex assault allegations. More than a dozen protesters stood in the crowd holding signs reading “protect survivors” and “our students are not 4 sale.” DeVos ignored the protesters and did not directly address a White House move to reverse Obama-era guidance on how colleges should handle sex assault allegations during her remarks, which focused on promoting school choice. She compared the choice between public and private schools to the options Americans face in dining, saying, “we choose how to get the food that meets our unique needs.” DeVos, a billionaire who has drawn fire for her advocacy of for-profit schools, was confirmed in February when Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

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