Rally Expressing Frustration With DeVos Draws Big Crowds In Boise

Feb 17, 2017

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Hundreds of students from around Boise were absent from class Thursday morning as they gathered on the steps of the Statehouse to voice their concern over Betsy DeVos, President Trump's secretary of education.

The rally was organized by Nora Harren and Colette Raptosh, the pair of high school students who spearheaded the Women's March Idaho, which drew thousands to the state capitol in the cold and snow the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Betsy DeVos is an advocate for charter schools and private schools. According to KTVB, those who planned Thursday's demonstration fear DeVos will not be a champion of public education and worry she'll institute policies that will ultimately segregate students.

At the rally, many questioned the choice of DeVos for the post of Education Secretary, while others resisted pre-judging her before giving her a chance to prove her capability on the job. DeVos was sworn in last week. Her confirmation hearing was contentious and ended in an historic tie vote that was broken by Vice President Mike Pence.

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