Principal Marta Garcia, right, gives a tour of her school to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at Royal Palm Elementary School as Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Public School Superintendent looks on in Miami on Friday, April 7, 2017. (C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP)
Principal Marta Garcia, right, gives a tour of her school to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at Royal Palm Elementary School as Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Public School Superintendent looks on in Miami on Friday, April 7, 2017. (C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP)

VAN WERT — Van Wert City Schools will host U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Thursday, April 20.

"I look forward to visiting the students, parents and educators of Van Wert. Every parent should be able to send their children to a school that meets their unique needs, and for many parents, that is a public school. I support and celebrate all great schools," DeVos said in a statement after accepting an invitation to the district. "I appreciate the district and AFT (American Federation of Teachers) President Randi Weingarten extending the invitation."





Weingarten had already scheduled a visit to the district from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20. Weingarten is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators

Also scheduled to attend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Melissa Cropper, the president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), which represents 20,000 members in 55 locals across the state, including public school educators and support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, and public employees.

The extent of the visit from DeVos is yet to be determined.

According to AP reports, government officials said Friday that DeVos requires additional security detail due to a threat to her safety and that it may cost up to $7.8 million through September to protect her.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement that a threat assessment was conducted in February and DeVos was put under additional protection. The statement did not provide details on the threat or the number of personnel assigned to her.

The agency said it will be reimbursed $7.78 million from the Education Department for services from February through September. The Education Department said that's a projected, not a final figure.

The evaluation of DeVos' safety took place after a protester briefly blocked her from entering a public school in the nation's capital.

DeVos was confirmed by a narrow margin, following a bruising nomination fight that involved protests across the country.

the president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), which represents 20,000 members in 55 locals across the state, including public school educators and support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, and public employees. - See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/leadership/melissa-cropper#sthash.H6ULLOBl.dpuf
the president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), which represents 20,000 members in 55 locals across the state, including public school educators and support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, and public employees. - See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/leadership/melissa-cropper#sthash.H6ULLOBl.dpuf