By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Elizabeth Davis, President of the Washington Teachers Union, organized a blockade of today’s planned visit by newly appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. In a classic display of facism, teachers union members and parents coerced into forming the blockade physically barred Secretary DeVos from entering the building for a planned conference with the families and teachers. Washington, DC spends a shocking $29,000 per student, more than any public municipality in America. Yet student performance in these schools is rock bottom. Former President Obama blacked expansion of charter schools in Washington, DC against the wishes of parents who wanted their kids to escape from the terrible school system. The Teachers unions hate school choice and charters and drove the Democrats to oppose her. However, now that she has been confirmed by the Senate and is Secretary of Education, she deserves respect. The Washington Post provided this account of todays thuggery:
“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos encountered protesters Friday morning outside a D.C. middle school and found her way barred as she tried to enter through a side door, forcing her to retreat into a government vehicle as a man shouted “Shame!”
Eventually, DeVos made her way inside for an event starting at about 10 a.m. that included the D.C. schools chancellor and others. The event was closed to the media.
But the demonstration outside Jefferson Middle School Academy was a further sign that DeVos remains a polarizing figure in the education world days after she took office.
Shortly before noon, as DeVos’s school tour appeared to be winding down, she appeared at the top of the steps outside Jefferson’s main door to make a brief statement to reporters.
“It was really wonderful to visit this school, and I look forward to many visits of many great public schools, both in D.C. and around the country,” she said. She later released a statement: “I respect peaceful protest and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education,” she said. “No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”
D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, who took office himself on Feb. 1, told reporters after the event that he and DeVos talked to teachers, students and administrators and had an opportunity to see Jefferson’s “dynamic classroom instruction.”
Wilson said he wanted to make sure DeVos appreciates that the district proudly serves all students, and spoke to her about the importance of strengthening public schools. He also said he appreciated the protesters who spoke up on behalf of public schools.”
Chancellor Wilson’s statement of appreciation for parent who “spoke up” for the schools is an interesting euphemism for the ugly thuggish blockade that took place.