Defending Public Schools, Demonstrators Greet Betsy DeVos at ALEC Annual Meeting

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met by hundreds of protesters in Denver on Thursday, where she spoke at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

Demonstrations outside the Hyatt Regency included teachers and parents who disapprove of DeVos’s agenda, particularly voucher programs (also known by the innocuous-sounding term “school choice”), a pet cause of ALEC, as well as for-profit education companies.

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School voucher programs take money that would otherwise go to public schools and distribute it to parents who want their children to go to private or parochial schools.