East Hartford School Community Rallies Against DeVos Message

Chanting “DeVos is wrong! East Hartford strong!” parents, students, teachers and other district workers rallied Tuesday morning to counter the U.S. education secretary’s recent testimony about public schools.

Local teachers union president Annie Irvine told a sign-waving crowd on the front lawn at East Hartford High School that their response showed “Betsy DeVos messed with the wrong district!”

Later in the morning, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a press conference in the school lobby that higher graduation rates in East Hartford and other urban school districts are reason for celebration, not condemnation. Both Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said DeVos failed to do her homework when relaying the experience of one local student who graduated 17 years ago.

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