Online petitions managed to collect signatures from about 60,000 people who don't. "Her service is what brought us together today... she moved mountains", DeVos said about the founder of the Daytona Beach Florida college. "In my life, I have endeavored to do the latter".
"If a school is not meeting a child's unique needs, then that school is failing that child", Devos said at summit run by Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley. The Secretary of Education's Senate confirmation required a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, and her lack of experience in public schools has led many to believe that she is out of touch with the system she is tasked with leading.
"If this behaviour continues, your degrees will be mailed to you. Choose which way you want to go". Critics say she is also ignoring the fact that charter or religion-based schools may not provide an equal quality of education. Please remember that this particular Trump lackey totally forgot segregation existed and called Historically Black Colleges and Universities "pioneers" of the school choice movement. Smh.
School choice seems to be the crux of the problem most students have with Ms DeVos.
Jeers from the audience persisted throughout her 20-minute speech, when she was introduced and while she accepted an honorary degree.
"I'm so glad she's here", Harris said. "She's very transparent, she has a listening ear".
Some alumni and African-American leaders had called the invitation insensitive and misguided.
"Choose which way you want to go", Jackson said. "The university leadership has drastically fumbled and should resign", said Nweze. We told her about some of the issues we are facing, about students who are single parents, or come from single-parent families, even students who are homeless, and she agreed that we need to find a way to address all of this.
Some students agreed with Jackson, that the school needs help from anyone offering it, no matter their party affiliation.
"While we will undoubtedly disagree at times I hope we can do so respectfully", she said, barely heard over the booing.
If Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had any doubts about her unpopularity at historically black colleges and universities, they may be erased after a commencement speech she delivered at Bethune-Cookman University on Wednesday.
Many Bethune-Cookman University students, alumni and supporters made their disapproval of DeVos' appearance known well before she took the stage.
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to the crowd at the ASU + GSV Summit at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.