Oklahoma teacher of the year shocked Betsy DeVos ‘redefines’ private schools as part of public education system

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with the nation’s top teachers Monday and asked them to talk about the obstacles they face in doing their jobs. At least one of those teachers told DeVos that some of her policies are hurting public education.


“We have a problem where public money is siphoned off from the public schools and given to children who are going to charter and private schools,” Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell said.

DeVos’s response shocked him, he said. “She immediately answered that it was her goal to redefine what education is and that she wants to call all of it public education,” said Hazell, a Durant High School science teacher.


Hazell was among 50 teachers who were in Washington representing their states as teachers of the year. The visit from DeVos was a surprise.




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