DeVos says colleges stand in way of free speech, 'abandon truth'

Mike DeNardo
September 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is in town for a Constitution Day event, said she believes too many colleges are standing in the way of free speech.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is in town for a Constitution Day event, said she believes too many colleges are standing in the way of free speech. 

In prepared remarks preceding a student Q&A, DeVos told hundreds of Philly students at the National Constitution Center that she too had been victim to the so-called "heckler's veto."

"I can and have found other forums, but what about students who cannot?" she asked.

In this forum, a student from Constitution High School asked perhaps the most controversial question: "Why do you believe you are qualified to serve as the educational (sic) secretary with no experience in the public school system?"

DeVos, without mentioning charter schools or vouchers, talked about providing "options" for parents of children in schools that "don't work for them."

"We have worked to empower parents to be able to make those choices for their children," she added.

There were no protests outside the 45-minute event.