Betsy DeVos: Support public schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addresses agency staff on her first day on the job.

A 31-year-old protester over the weekend pleaded not guilty to assault charges in connection with the headline-making incident in which Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was temporarily blocked from entering a Washington, D.C., middle school... "The site was not taken down", the spokesman said, adding that the department had known about it since February 8, one day after DeVos was sworn in. They revealed the board was expected to invite the new education secretary for a visit "on a fact-finding mission to learn what the school district is doing to create quality public schools in every neighborhood, so that she can collect the data needed that will allow her to base her decisions on what is best for students rather than on any political ideology".

Public schools are in the business of educating everyone. "The OSEP website lacks much of the information previously available", the senators wrote in the correspondence sent Friday.

The senators continued: "Recognising the diversity of the students served under IDEA, the website has provided accessible and informative summaries of the law, training materials, sample educational forms, presentations for the public, and so many other user-friendly resources".

The pair asked for DeVos' assurance that the site won't be stripped down during her tenure, and requested a detailed plan and timeline for when key resources at the site became inaccessible. "As we work to resolve this issue, information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can be found below", the note reads.

Barrera, also secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, apologized to those who felt "excluded" by his moving quickly on the plan.

On Monday, a message on the site told visitors: "The servers hosting our idea.ed.gov website are experiencing technical issues".

  • Larry Hoffman