The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on Friday condemned protests barring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C., middle school.
“Just heard a protester blocked & almost knocked Secy @BetsyDeVos down at Jefferson.We don't condone such acts.We want her to go to pub schls,” Randi Weingarten tweeted.
Just heard a protester blocked & almost knocked Secy @BetsyDeVos down at Jefferson.We don't condone such acts.We want her to go to pub schls— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) February 10, 2017
The AFT has fiercely opposed DeVos since the GOP mega-donor was tapped to head the Education Department.
DeVos has been a fierce advocate for charter schools and taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers. She was among President Trump’s most controversial nominees and was narrowly confirmed on Tuesday, after Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in her favor.
Protesters on Friday physically blocked DeVos from entering Jefferson Middle School for a visit planned by the Washington Teachers’ Union. The Education secretary was later able to enter the school.