U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited three North Texas campuses Thursday, including one in Dallas where activists held a protest.
DeVos first visited the Birdville ISD Center of Technology and Advanced Learning, where she went on a campus tour and took part in a round-table discussion.
“We view this as an opportunity to tell our story, we want this to be a positive experience for her," said BISD Superintendent Darrell Brown.
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After stopping in North Richland Hills, DeVos traveled to meet with Urban Specialist, which is a nonprofit organization that works to transform urban culture by stopping senseless violence in urban areas.
“We want her to use us as a platform to do more things in urban communities," said Bishop Omar Jahwar, who first invited Devos to DFW.
The Education Secretary then took a tour and visited with DISD leaders at Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas.
A small group of activists with the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) gathered outside the school Thursday to protest DeVos, who, in her year on the job, has failed parents, teachers and students with her agenda, they say.
“My objection to Devos is we philosophically disagree on education, if you go back and look at her record it’s basically about privatization," said DISD Trustee Joyce Foreman.