September 19, 2017

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DeVos 'Rethinks' Education; Irma Shuts Down Florida Schools

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Buckle up! We’ll be visiting many U.S. states and territories in our weekly education news roundup.

Florida schools reopening after Irma

Schools all over Florida remained closed this week in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Most have targeted this Monday to reopen. The closures affected several hundred thousand students in some of the largest districts in the country, from Miami to Jacksonville.

DeVos’ “Rethink School” tour

This week the education secretary visited Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana on a “Rethink School” tour. Betsy DeVos visited public, charter, parochial and other private schools that are billed as innovative in some way.

At one of her first stops, Woods Learning Center in Casper, Wyo., DeVos was greeted by protesters who brought teddy bears, hearkening back to her comments at her confirmation about guns in schools to protect from grizzly bears.

She also told students:

“Today, there is a whole industry of naysayers who loudly defend something

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