DENVER – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will make stops in Denver and Colorado Springs Wednesday as part of her tour to “rethink” education.
DeVos will visit the Firefly Autism House in Denver Wednesday morning for a tour of the school and a roundtable talk with its administrators and teachers.
She’ll then head down to the U.S. Air Force Academy for a tour before going to Omaha, Nebraska for a visit to a university.
Firefly says it plans to show DeVos and her team the wide array of treatment and education programs offered for students with autism, some of which work to someday have the students placed in a public school environment.
“I welcome Secretary DeVos and thank her for requesting to tour Firefly and learn about the amazing work happening here that is changing the lives of children and families living with autism,” said Firefly Executive Director Jess Ogas. “We welcome anyone who has interest in learning about autism and how we work to support education for children on the autism spectrum.”
DeVos visited a school in Casper Wyoming Tuesday to kick off her tour of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas to promote her “Rethink School” tour.
But DeVos implied at the time that DPS was pushing a false agenda when it comes to school choice. She said Denver does not provide parents a voucher program, which the state Supreme Court has twice ruled was unconstitutional.
“Choice without accessibility doesn’t matter, just as accessibility without choices doesn’t matter. Neither scenario ultimately benefits students,” she said.
She also faced criticism from the DPS superintendent, and several of Colorado’s Democratic members of Congress for those comments.