Recently confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed the Department of Education for the first time Wednesday, striking an upbeat tone.
“We here at the Department of Education are fortunate to join an incredible array of parents, teachers, educators, and school leaders to serve all of America’s students,” said DeVos.
DeVos called for diversity in views and encouraged Department employees to be open to different solutions, saying, “All of us here can help bring unity by personally committing to being more open to and patient toward views different than our own.”
Her speech, while acknowledging the important work of the Education Department, had lighthearted moments as well.
“There’s no need to pull any punches. For me personally, this confirmation process and the drama it engendered has been a bit of a bear,” DeVos joked with a pun, referencing her argument that some schools would need weapons to defend themselves from grizzly bears.
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