VAN WERT, Ohio (WPTA21) - Protesters gathered in advance of the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who will spend much of the day touring schools in this northwest Ohio community.
A small group carrying posters stood outside the first stop on the tour, the Van Wert Early Childhood Center on Buckeye Drive.
DeVos was scheduled to arrive at that location about 11 a.m. She will be accompanied by state and local officials, including Ohio Superintendent Paolo DeMaria.
A roundtable discussion will focus on challenges facing educators in rural communities.
Later in the day, DeVos will visit an engineering and robotics class at Van Wert High school and a 5th grade class at Van Wert Elementary School. At 1:45 p.m., another roundtable discussion -- this one focused on special education -- is to take place at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
DeVos was approved by the Senate following a difficult series of hearings and a vote that fell largely along party lines. Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie to approve DeVos.