The Trump-appointed U.S. Secetary of Education, Betsy DeVos is scheduled to make a public appearance in the Dallas, Texas area on Thursday. There are two groups that will be holding protests against her visit, and subsequently her controversial policies. The trip was not announced until yesterday but the Texas Organizing Project and the Next Generation Action Network have scramble to make their presence known during the visit.
DeVos has been criticized for her support for allowing private school vouchers to parents giving their kids a private education. She also has come under intense fire in recent days when she said that she had not visited any charter schools during her reign as Secretary despite saying that she supports them. Many feel that it is an active display of hypocrisy and that the visit is politically motivated.
DeVos is scheduled to make a morning stop at the Center for Technology and Advanced Learning in the Dallas suburb of Birdville. She will then make stops at several schools in the Dallas Independent School District in the afternoon. One of those schools will be at Dade Middle School at 2 p.m., where hundreds of protesters are expected. DeVos has been under fire ever since she was nominated by President Trump in 2017 because she does not have a strong resume that reflects educational experience. She is an advocate for private education which is not typical for the position, which is historically pro-public education.