Protesters rally DeVos's visit to Jefferson High School

Published: Sep. 16, 2019 at 6:03 PM CDT
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Not everyone greeted the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, with open arms. Two hours before DeVos walked through the doors of Jefferson High School, demonstrators rallied in protest.

"We are here protesting policies of the department of education, not people, not parties," says protester Jo Minor.

In the crowd were former educators and union workers.

"We created the event and asked people to show up and they have shown up because 815 represents always," says Mel Champion with Women's March Rockford.

Many of those unsatisfied said they had a question of their own for DeVos.

"Why are you on this mission to destroy public education?" asks Rockford resident Scott Garwick.

Others question DeVos relation to the public school system.

"She is not a supporter of public education, she sent her kids to a private school," says retired RPS 205 teacher Rich Muniz.

When confronted about her experience DeVos said, "I'm focused on doing the right thing for students no matter where they learn, no matter how they learn. I think everyone should be focused on doing the right thing for students."

DeVos says she did not see the protesters and only saw smiling faces when she walked into the high school.