Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reiterated her push for school choice during an annual education technology conference in Utah Tuesday, comparing the issue to being able to switch between phone service providers.
She said there are many great cell phone companies, but people have the option to pick which one they want to use.
“If you can’t get cell phone service in your living room, then your particular provider is failing you,” she told hundreds of people in a packed auditorium in Salt Lake City during her keynote speech. “You should have the option to find a network that does work.”
Outside, dozens of protesters pushed back against DeVos’ education policies, including her emphasis on school choice, saying it threatens public education.
Kellie Henderson, a protester and co-founder of the activist group Utah Indivisible, said she couldn’t afford the nearly $3,000 conference tickets, but is concerned with DeVos’ support of school choice because it could take money from public education.
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