DeVos tours Virginia school to stress needs of military kids

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Betsy DeVos Fort Bragg school
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reads to students at Hampton School at Fort Bragg on April 3, 2017. (Photo: WNCN)

By MARIA DANILOVA
Associated Press

MANASSAS, Virginia (AP) – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has stressed the need to help the children of military families transition into new schools as their parents change assignments.

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DeVos chose Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, to mark the Month of the Military Child. During Tuesday’s tour of the school she read a book to children about a mother who serves in the military. She donned a pair of toy bifocals like those invented by Benjamin Franklin and watched students refurbish a computer.

DeVos’ message is about the need to help military children adjust to new school environments when the family relocates.

One mother at the school, Lt. Colonel Rojan Robotham, has raised the issue of making childcare available and affordable for families. The Trump administration has proposed budget cuts for after-school programs.



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