To the editor,

I was delighted to read that one of the teachers in the Van Wert schools had the gumption to invite the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to visit the district next week. And I appreciate Ms. DeVos’s openness to making the trip to our corner of the country.

Certainly, Ms. DeVos’s confirmation stirred a lot of passion among grassroots organizations opposed to her candidacy. However, the path forward does not lie in a welter of protest over her past. I think we should focus on what Ms. DeVos has in mind to help our children and teachers succeed in the shared task of teaching and learning. She deserves a fair hearing on those plans.

What I would like to know more about, though, affects our children once they head off to college and are forced to take out student loans in order to further their own education. I hope that someone will ask about the reasoning behind her recent actions to repeal Department of Education policies that were meant to modify the lending practices that have left so many kids carrying student debt all their lives, or being forced to default. I believe we should help our kids further their education, even if it involves a small expense to taxpayers.

I hope that asking tough questions will in no way diminish the welcome that NW Ohioans extend to Ms. DeVos. In education, most of all, we all have to find a way to get on the same team.

Will DeLamater

Perrysburg, Ohio