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Larson Delivers Students' Letters to Department of Education

June 8, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) delivered letters written by East Hartford High School students, inviting Secretary Betsy DeVos to tour their school. Larson met with Kathleen Smith, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education.


“I wanted to personally deliver the students’ letters so Secretary DeVos can hear how her actions and words, generalizing East Hartford based on one student’s experiences 17 years ago, has deeply hurt them. To stereotype a whole community based on one story is irresponsible. I hope she takes these students’ letters to heart, and take us up on our offer to come visit East Hartford so she can see firsthand what East Hartford pride and public education is all about,” said Larson.


Larson also delivered letters from Governor Dan Malloy and Superintendent Nathan Quesnel inviting the Secretary to tour the East Hartford public school system.