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April 20, 2017

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.@BetsyDeVosED & @rweingarten’s visit to rural Ohio district filled with #edpolicy #edchat

.@BetsyDeVosED & @rweingarten talk #edpolicy with teachers during rural Ohio district visit

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten descended on Van Wert, Ohio, today for the first stop in what has been billed as a multi-school tour by the education policy adversaries.


The visit has been in the making since a few weeks after DeVos’s confirmation, when she agreed to visit two school districts with Weingarten. Weingarten, who opposed DeVos’s nomination for secretary of education by President Trump, chose Van Wert City Schools as their first stop. DeVos has not made her pick yet, but she has said she intends to find a “school of choice” for their next stop.
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When they arrived at the 2,000-student district, which consists of a preschool, an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school, they were welcomed by staff eager to talk about their trials and triumphs educating children.
Check out some of the scene we saw being shared on social media:
 

Randi Weingarten, left, and Betsy DeVos, right, spend time with pre-schoolers in Van Wert. @toledoblade @toledonews

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