Van Wert schools welcomes Ed secretary DeVos

VAN WERT, Ohio (WANE) – Education Secretary Betsy Devos visited Van Wert City Schools on Thursday.

Devos accepted the invitation of American Federal of Teachers president Randi Weingarten.

Education Secretary Betsy Devos visited Van Wert City Schools on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the invitation of American Federal of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.

Weingarten has been outspoken about Devos since she was nominated and subsequently approved to the education post. Weingarten has criticized Devos’ view on school choice and favoritism towards private and for-profit schools.

But, despite their differences, the two agreed to visit a school at each others choosing. Weingarten invited Devos to Van Wert at the suggestion of Van Wert Federation president Jeff Hood.

Devos’ visit included discussions with students, parents, teachers, administrators and local leaders. She visited the Van Wert Early Childhood Education Center, Van Wert High School and Van Wert Elementary School.

Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo Demaria also attended the visit.