Teachers union plans anti-DeVos protest in Denver

Teachers union members and public education and labor supporters are planning a protest of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos when she appears in Denver this week.

The Colorado Education Association is leading a Wednesday protest one day before DeVos will speak at the annual meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), The Denver Post reported.


"Betsy DeVos will be in town plotting with ALEC to dismantle public institutions that support opportunity for Colorado students, educators and families," a teacher and member of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association told The Post.

DeVos has long advocated for federal funding for alternatives to traditional public schools and giving parents a choice of schooling options if the nearby public schools are poor — an approach opponents say undermines public education.

She decried opponents of school choice in May, calling them "flat-earthers" and saying they have "chilled creativity."