Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has gotten a chilly reception in sunny Florida. DeVos received some boos as she started speaking at a graduation ceremony at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach yesterday.
There were cheers too - but School President Edison Jackson eventually had to interrupt DeVos' speech, saying that students could have their "diplomas mailed to them if they continue to disrupt the graduation." DeVos remarked that one of the hallmarks of higher education is the ability to talk with people with different viewpoints and opinions.
She insisted that the Trump administration is committed to supporting historically Black colleges and universities like Bethune-Cookman.
"While we will undoubtedly disagree at times I hope we can do so respectfully," she said. "Let's choose to hear one another out. I want to reaffirm this administration's commitment to serve and support for (historically black colleges and universities) like the students they serve."