Baltimore students protest planned Betsy DeVos speech

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Posted: Sep 11, 2017 6:56 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Some University of Baltimore students are speaking out against their scheduled fall commencement speaker: Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

A crowd of students filed into a courtyard near the school on Monday, holding protest signs that read "support public schools #neverDeVos" and "We are DeVos-stated."

University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke sent a letter to the student body explaining why he believes she is a good choice.

Schmoke's cousin, Julian Schmoke Jr., a former for-profit college official, was recently tapped to head a unit within the U.S. Education Department that focuses on fraud in higher education.

Kurt Schmoke said DeVos's upcoming speech and his cousin's recent employment within the agency are unrelated.