JUST IN: Betsy DeVos Responds To Protesters Who Blocked Her School Visit…

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may have lost her first battle against far-left obstructionists, but she reassures America that she will not lose the war.

On Friday, after DeVos was physically blocked from entering two Washington, D.C., school buildings, she stated that she will not be deterred.

“I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education,” she said in a statement. “No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”

Eventually, DeVos did enter Jefferson Middle School Academy after being forced to turn away by protesters, in which one draped her entire body across a stairwell, making DeVos head back to her vehicle alongside security.

She met with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Jefferson Academy Principal Greg Dohmann, Superintendent Natalie Gordon, Chief of Schools John Davis and other school leaders, and thanked them for taking the time to meet with her.

DeVos said the meeting with local D.C. Public School leaders was productive, concluding that she wanted to visit the middle school on Seventh Street in Northwest Washington as it’s ranked one of the best in the city.

She said meeting with the officials in that space was a sign of what she wanted from other American schools. She called Jefferson a “public middle school on the rise.”

“Focusing on their students and families is at the heart of Jefferson Academy’s approach, and that’s exactly what I believe is at the heart of providing an exceptional education,” she said. “Great teachers and leaders help make great schools, and I was honored to speak with Jefferson’s team about our shared commitment to strengthening public education.”

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