DeVos: Fight ‘establishment’ on college campuses

Feb 23, 2017 by

Oxon Hill, Maryland — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told a conservative conference Thursday that the fight against the education establishment should be waged not only in K-12 schools but on college campuses, where the faculty tell students what to do, say and “more ominously, what to think.”

“They say that if you voted for Donald Trump, you’re a threat to the university community,” said DeVos, a Grand Rapids area school choice advocate. “But the real threat is silencing the First Amendment rights of people with whom you disagree.”

In a brief on-stage interview, she gave college students advice about what to do when their voices are silenced.

“Don’t shut up. Keep talking. Keep making your arguments,” DeVos said, adding that students should remain civil when they do so.

At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, DeVos attacked the education “establishment” for “blocking the doorway to reforms, fixes and improvements for a generation.”

“This is not a left or right issue. This is an American issue. We need education to work for every child,” she said.

DeVos said she took the job as education chief to return “power in education” to parents, communities and states.

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