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    Scenes From Betsy DeVos’ ‘Rethinking School’ Tour

    by Charles Borst posted September 18, 2017

    U.S. Secretary of Betsy DeVos took a six-state “Rethink Education” tour the week of Sept. 11 to kick off the school year, aiming to spotlight promising education approaches, mainly focused on K-12 but with a stopover at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The tour took her to Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and, finally, Indiana, where she met with students recovering from drug addiction and attended a Friday night high school football game.

    In an interview with Education Week at the close of the tour, DeVos talked about what’s next for school choice, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, her department’s approach to civil rights protections, and much more.

    Here are some of the visual highlights from DeVos’ tour:

    Lt Gen Jay B. Silveria, left, talks with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, as they walk past Cadet Chapel as she visited the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of her "Rethink School" Tour. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

    Lt. Gen Jay B. Silveria talks with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as they walk past Cadet Chapel during her visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. –Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits a coding class in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, during a visit to the Midland University-Omaha Campus as part of her 2017 "Rethink School" tour, in which she plans to visit schools in Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    DeVos visits a coding class in Omaha, Neb., during a visit to the Midland University-Omaha Campus. –Nati Harnik/AP

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reads to kindergarteners during a visit to St. Mary's Catholic School, Thursday morning, Sept. 14, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb. (Eric Gregory/The Journal-Star via AP)

    The education secretary reads to kindergartners at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Lincoln, Neb. –Eric Gregory/The Journal-Star via AP

    Protesters cross S. 27th street as the crowd moves to the A Street entrance of the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb., as U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited the Lincoln Public School's Zoo School. The Zoo School was the second stop of the day in Lincoln for DeVos. (Ted Kirk/The Journal-Star via AP)

    Protesters decry Devos’ support of charter schools and vouchers, marching to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Neb., as DeVos visited the Lincoln school system’s Science Focus Program/Zoo School. –Ted Kirk/The Journal-Star via AP

    U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, second from right, talks to students wearing I Love Public Schools shirts during a tour of the Zoo School in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, as part of her 2017 "Rethink School" tour, in which she plans to visit schools in Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Zoo School students wearing “I Love Public Schools” T-shirts meet with the secretary during her tour. –Nati Harnik/AP

    Accompanied by principal Anthony Cherry, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is greeted by 21st Century Charter School students, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Gary, Ind. (John J. Watkins/The Times via AP)

    Accompanied by principal Anthony Cherry, DeVos is greeted by students at the 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Ind. –John J. Watkins/The Times via AP

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cheers with Eastern Hancock students during a high school football game between Eastern Hancock and Knightstown, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Charlottesville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    DeVos cheers with Eastern Hancock students during a high school football game between Eastern Hancock and rival Knightstown in Charlottesville, Ind. –Darron Cummings/AP

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