U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visits N.H.

  • FILE - In this March 20, 2018 file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waits to testify before a House Committee on Appropriation subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Staff and wire reports
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited New Hampshire on Monday just after the Legislature killed a school choice bill championed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

DeVos, an outspoken supporter of school choice, school vouchers and charter schools was in the Granite State to headline the New Hampshire Republican Party’s annual spring fundraising dinner Monday night at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club.

Her appearance comes days after the House killed a bill that would have allowed parents to use state education money to send their children to private schools or for home schooling.

Supporters said the bill would have empowered parents to determine which school best fits the needs of their children. Opponents argued that the bill siphons money from already cash-strapped public schools and sends it to private schools that can discriminate against children with disabilities.

DeVos toured the College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics at Southern New Hampshire University in the morning and the Founders Academy charter school in Manchester in the afternoon.

Megan Tuttle, the president of New Hampshire’s National Education Association affiliate, was expected to speak at a protest outside the Atkinson country club.

“Over her time as education secretary, Betsy DeVos’s actions have betrayed and undermined the fundamental mission of public schools to provide opportunity for every student who walks through the door,” Tuttle said in a statement.