DeVos visited Midland University's Omaha campus to see the brand new coding academy.
Organizers - listed as the American Federation of Teachers Local 691, Heartland Alliance for Progress, Our Revolution KC, MORE2, Indivisible KC and the Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus - said speakers would "offer alternatives to the abrupt and draconian policy changes proposed by Ms. DeVos". DeVos claims those rules have led to improper investigations, though Ranco alleged she was making the world more unsafe for girls.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is expected to visit schools in Indianapolis and Gary on Friday during the final leg of her first back-to-school tour.
One of the most controversial figures in the Trump administration stopped in Denver Wednesday, continuing her nationwide "Rethink Schools" tour. It was my mistake and nobody else's and I apologize.
"But I think they're going to do it in a way that's not going to be threatening to children". It was wholly wrong and a direct contradiction on my position that we need to better protect people. So far, she has visited schools in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.
DeVos will also be at Nelson Mandela Elementary School in Omaha Thursday morning before coming to Lincoln.
But her trip brings some concerns with it. We're a public school.
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Devos has been previously invited by several officials since criticizing DPS over a lack of "school choice" options earlier this year.
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Wednesday evening, a small group of protesters gathered in the Midland parking lot before DeVos' arrival, and her scheduled stops in Lincoln have prompted concern from some parents and other Lincoln residents who worry the goal is to further an agenda to promote privatized education.
Protests have dogged DeVos, a Republican who has championed school vouchers and charter schools.
The group Stand For Schools is holding a celebration of public schools at The Bay coffee shop in the Haymarket Thursday starting at 4:30. "Endrew's parents showed courage in rejecting the low bar set for their son", Devos said.
Nebraska's Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt said DeVos' visit represents an opportunity to examine future needs for education in the Cornhusker state.
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