Who was — and wasn’t — invited to Betsy DeVos’s education roundtable

Aug 31, 2017

By Valerie Strauss

An office manager was invited. So were politicians, ministers and school administrators. But it’s more interesting who wasn’t invited to the education roundtable that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos attended in Tallahassee on Wednesday with the Baptist minister who convened the event.

The event was convened by the Rev. R.B. Holmes, leader of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in the Florida capital and a prominent advocate of school choice in the state. DeVos is a longtime proponent of school choice too, saying once that traditional public education in the United States was a “dead end.”

The Education Department said that DeVos met with “a broad spectrum of education leaders in Florida”  in two 45-minutes sessions, the first titled “Saving, Sustaining and Strengthening Public Education and Schools of Choice” and the second titled “Saving, Sustaining and Strengthening HBCUs and Higher Education.”

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2 comments on “Who was — and wasn’t — invited to Betsy DeVos’s education roundtable

  • @OP- The Education Department said that DeVos met with “a broad spectrum of education leaders in Florida” in two 45-minutes sessions,

    I see 44 names on the attendance list! – Not much time for individual contributions, even if they had something of value to say!

    She seems to have separated church and state – with the representatives of state education, mainly left outside of the meeting!



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