U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits Midland University campus

Posted at 10:35 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 23:35:11-04

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stopped in Nebraska on Wednesday night, making an appearance at a coding class at Midland University's Omaha campus.

DeVos' visit was the latest stop on her Rethink School Tour promoting the re-evaluation of education and seeing up close how students are learning. She said programs like Midland's Coding Academy is an example of a program that meets student’s needs.

“We have to become more flexible and support students in perusing alternative pathways,” DeVos said.

DeVos, known for supporting charter schools — which Nebraska does not have — said she is pushing for parents to make the right choice for their children.

“It is not a matter of what kind of school, what comes before the school, but really supporting a full range of choices so student’s needs are best met,” she said.

Thursday, DeVos plans to visit the Nelson Mandela Elementary in North Omaha before heading to the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.