As we’ve been telling you all day, protesters blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her visit to Jefferson Academy today, but guess what — she had the last laugh.

Here she is inside the school:

According to the Washington Post, she thwarted the protesters by using a different entrance:

Oldest trick in the book. And this is hilarious:


DeVos later issued a statement on her visit, thanking everyone at Jefferson and saying she will not be “deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education”:

“I thank D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Jefferson Middle School Academy Principal Greg Dohmann, Superintendent Natalie Gordon and a tremendous team of administrators, teachers and students for welcoming me to Jefferson Middle School Academy today. Jefferson Academy is a public middle school on the rise and a great example of the successful collaborative innovations occurring within the D.C. Public Schools system.

“Focusing on their students and families is at the heart of Jefferson Academy’s approach, and that’s exactly what I believe is at the heart of providing an exceptional education. Great teachers and leaders help make great schools, and I was honored to speak with Jefferson’s team about our shared commitment to strengthening public education.

“I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”



Twitchy coverage of Betsy DeVos.