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(Wyo)-DeVos Vists Wyo, Neb Up On Wed

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/12/2017 11:44 PM
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicked off her 5-state,  4-day trip that she's calling the Rethink School Tour with 2 stops in Casper and will finish Day 2 tomorrow in Omaha.

        DeVos started at the Woods Learning Center in Casper and St. Stephens Indian High School on the Wind River Indian Reservation as part of her tour to highlight the innovative and groundbreaking work happening in schools across America, showcasing creative ways in which education leaders are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education.

      The controversial DeVos was greeted at the Woods Learning Center by more than 30 protesters with teddy bears and a sign reading "Yogi Bear says no to guns," references to DeVos' remarks earlier this year that a school in Wyoming might need to have guns for defense if there are grizzly bears nearby.
 
     Ignoring the protestors, DeVos praised the Woods Center, where multiple grade levels learn in the same classroom and a group of teachers run the school, as well as the Natrona County school district's school choice policy which allows students to any public school they wish to attend.
 
      DeVos will be in Omaha tomorrow evening, touring Midland University's Omaha campus at 6:00 CT along with Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt. 

     Blomsted says there's a lot to be proud about in Nebraska education with teachers creatively engaging students every day in increasingly innovative ways and that he welcomes the chance to show DeVos the quality education Nebraska students are receiving throughout the state.


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