US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits Midland University campus

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits Midland University campus”

"We are going to continue down this pathway of very carefully figuring out what's the most responsive thing that we can do to protect our students, to support our students and to hold our students accountable", said John Marshall, CMU vice president of student services.

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 objective is to further an agenda to promote privatized education.

"Instead of working with schools on behalf of students, the prior administration weaponized the Office for Civil Rights to work against schools and against students", DeVos said.

"I think we have a chance to demonstrate that to the Secretary of Education, which is an opportunity that doesn't come around every day", she said.

DeVos is a strong advocate of charter schools, which Nebraska does not have and which are not something everyone in Lincoln agrees with.

"Nebraska public schools has one of the highest graduation rates in the country, and the 7th highest college going rates in the country".

"If they were to kind of just sweep the violence under the rug and not really do anything about it, I probably wouldn't go here because I wouldn't feel safe enough", said Quinn, CMU student.

Called the Choice Scholarship program, the IN initiative uses public dollars to cover private school tuition costs for low-income families, and is the largest program of its kind IN the nation.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel said he is also excited to show DeVos the options LPS already offers for students.

Terry said she thinks public schools are great, but their is always room for growth.

The Lincoln Childrens Zoo will be closed to the public Thursday for her visit.

Critics of that decision - including Ranco - say that the threat of censure under Title IX is necessary to ensure that complaints of sexual assault by women are taken seriously. She also will head to a school in Overland Park, Kansas, later Thursday and will also visit schools in Missouri and in as part of her "Rethink School" tour.

On Wednesday, DeVos visited a private Denver center that provides educational services to autistic children.

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