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DeVos fundraising visit draws hundreds of protesters

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BELLVUE, Wash. -

An appearance from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a dinner for a conservative think tank in Bellevue drew hundreds of protesters.

DeVos spoke at the Washington Policy Center's annual fundraiser in Bellevue Friday.

People participating in the anti-DeVos demonstration held signs saying "Fully Fund Education" and "Make American Think Again."

Sharonne Navas, an organizer with the Equity in Education Coalition, said the protest helped unify groups of educators and public-education advocates. She said DeVos personifies what they have been fighting against: A billionaire who has no experience in public education but wants to change policies.

DeVos is a strong supporter of charter schools and school choice and at the dinner spoke of her belief in a "limited federal government" and "empowering parents."

About a dozen counterprotesters organized by the state Republican Party also demonstrated holding signs that said "Get the Fed Out of Ed."

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