Betsy DeVos

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says that the Education Secretary cannot let school districts use federal money to arm teachers.

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Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and other elected officials joined East Hartford students, parents and teachers on Tuesday to rally in support of their public high school. The rally follows unflattering remarks about the school by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the U.S. secretary of education earlier this week, despite massive opposition from public school educators. The reaction to the appointment has been mixed in New York State.

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Over the weekend parents, teachers and school administrators gathered at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Port Jefferson, Long Island, to discuss the uncertain future of public education and how to harness the growing influence of the “opt-out” movement.