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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits Murfreesboro school

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (WSMV file) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (WSMV file)

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Middle Tennessee for the first time since she was selected by President Donald Trump to head the country’s education department.

Devos is in Nashville for Jeb Bush’s annual education conference scheduled for Thursday at the Omni Hotel. She toured Oakland High School in Murfreesboro on Wednesday.

“It’s just a great example of a school that’s really being creative in addressing the needs of individual students,” DeVos said. “Those schools that are committed to really addressing the needs of each child are the ones that are doing the best overall.”

DeVos’ Senate confirmation was the closest vote in U.S. history for a cabinet secretary. Vice President Mike Pence had to break a 50-50 tie with even some Republicans voting against the confirmation due to DeVos’ lack of experience in education. She’s also a proponent of the controversial school voucher program which is currently being debated in Tennessee.

News 4 also asked DeVos if she thinks President Trump is a good role model for schoolchildren in the wake of his controversial comments about Pocahontas in front of Native American Code Talkers at the White House this week.

“I think the president continues to lead in an important direction in our country,” she said. “I think that we can all do well to reflect on the things that we say before we say them.”

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