DeVos to speak at Harvard conference on school choice

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about campus sexual assault and enforcement of Title IX, the federal law that bars discrimination in education on the basis of gender on Sept. 7 at George Mason University in Virginia.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to speak at Harvard University.

The school says it’s hosting a moderated conversation with DeVos on Thursday as the keynote address for a conference on school choice.

Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance is sponsoring the conference, titled “The Future of School Choice: Helping Students Succeed.”

School choice refers to efforts that give students options other than their local public schools, such as charter or private schools.

DeVos was a supporter of school choice efforts in Michigan before becoming President Donald Trump’s education chief.

Some Harvard students are organizing a protest against DeVos outside her speech.


The students say they’re protesting DeVos’ decision last week to revoke Obama-era rules that guided colleges on how to handle cases of sexual assault on campus.