U.S. Education Secretary Visits Columbus Area For Event But Local Leaders Say They Were Not Invited

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came to a Columbus suburb to talk about school choice. And some local elected officials are miffed that they weren’t even aware of it until after the fact.

Rep. Allison Russo (D-Columbus)
Rep. Allison Russo (D-Columbus) [Ohio House]
Democratic House Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) says she was surprised when she saw on Twitter that Devos was at a roundtable discussing education during the pandemic.

“At the very least, I think some of the local elected officials who work on education including our school board members and members of the General Assembly would be at least given a heads up but from my understanding, none of us were,” Russo says.

Devos spoke at a private Christian school with parents, students and educators….as well as Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima), a Republican who supports school choice and vouchers. His district is about two hours away from the event.