DeVos Visits KC Schools, Protesters Demonstrate Outside


KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was in Missouri Friday and made a stop at a Kansas City school.

DeVos took a tour of the Kansas City Academy, a private middle and high school.

Dozens of protestors were outside the school –  demonstrating against their stance on a number of issues, including transgender bathrooms.

But those inside say they were pleased the education secretary chose them for a visit.

“I thought of it as a good opportunity for our school to be heard,”  Hannah Harms, a student, said. “We’re a very small community and we have struggled in the past and this gets us out there to show how great we are and how accepting we are of everyone.”

“If you think about the school policy of inclusivity and celebrating diversity, that means we have to reach out and talk to people who don’t always see things the same way that we do,” Jeanne Bolinger, a parent, said.

Devos told students she chose Kansas City Academy because she is visiting schools that are doing creative things and being innovative.

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