New US education chief DeVos visits Fort Bragg school

(Nate Rodgers/CBS North Carolina)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — New Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Fort Bragg Monday to highlight the importance of children within armed forces communities.

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DeVos toured Hampton School on post Monday morning, meeting students, parents and school leaders.

It was the first visit by President Donald Trump’s choice to carry out federal education policy to a school operated by the Department of Defense’s school system. The visit coincides with April being the “Month of the Military Child.”

“It’s just a real privilege to hear from some of the parents, some of the positives and successes of this school, the environment being one of them and also some of the challenges that come with the transiency that is a part of so many military families realities,” DeVos said.

A longtime advocate of charter and private schools, DeVos barely managed to win confirmation in the U.S. Senate in February. Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote after a 50-50 split on whether to approve her.

Hampton School follows the “Department of Defense Education Activity” or “DO-DEA” curriculum.

DO-DEA schools support military children that live on post.

Currently there are eight DO-DEA elementary schools on Fort Bragg but no highs schools.

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