'Save our schools:' Groups protest outside Betsy DeVos school visit

Posted at 10:59 AM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 13:21:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came to Missouri on Friday and was met by at least 100 protesters outside Kansas City Academy in Waldo.

Many people in the group had the message of “Save our schools.” The groups Indivisible KC and Our Revolution Kansas City led the protest.

They wanted DeVos to take note of several issues.

MOCSA, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, wants DeVos to stand by Title IX and its guidelines for reporting sexual assault in universities. Recently DeVos said the education department would be reviewing its enforcement.

The budget was another big issue. People we spoke with said a $9 billion cut will hurt everyone.

Others had issues with DeVos’s support of the school voucher system, saying it further weakens public education.

DeVos spoke at KCA at 8 a.m. This will wrap up her six state “Rethink School” tour. On Thursday, DeVos visited Johnson County Community College.

KCA is a small, private middle and high school that focuses on creativity. Its curriculum includes music, theater, and a farm-to-table lunch program.