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Education secretary, teachers union chief air differences

Despite their best efforts, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the head of a national teachers union could not bury their differences as they toured public schools in Ohio. The school visit came just months after American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten fiercely opposed the nomination of DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter and private schools. Weingarten questioned making investments into school choice options, such as charter and private school programs, at the expense of traditional public schools. DeVos, a wealthy Republican operative and donor, has spent more than two decades advocating for charter and voucher programs in her home state of Michigan and elsewhere and she has made school choice a priority. The administration is proposing to allocate an additional $1.4 billion for school choice programs and to eliminate two programs worth $3.6 billion that provide funding for teacher preparation and after-school programs, among other plans.

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