U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Rep. Ken Buck to visit Liberty Common High School



U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Fort Collins charter school Liberty Common High School and Greeley’s Aims Community College with U.S. Rep. Ken Buck on Thursday. 

DeVos and Buck, who represents Colorado’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, are visiting the two schools to look at how they are approaching education, according to a Wednesday news release from the U.S. Department of Education.

DeVos’ visit to Colorado comes during during National School Choice Week, “an annual reminder that all families deserve the freedom to find the best education fit for their children,” according to the release. Buck is one of more than 100 co-sponsors on Education Freedom Scholarships bill, the Trump administration’s key free education proposal, the release noted.

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Liberty Common is a parent-run, public charter school authorized by Poudre School District. The school — which emphasizes literature, history, civics and languages in its curriculum — offers grades K-12, with an elementary school for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and a separate high school campus for students in seventh through 12th grades. DeVos will visit the high school campus. 

There are more than 1,000 students waiting on the school’s lottery, according to Wednesday’s news release. Liberty has been recognized nationally for its students’ achievements. In 2018, it was named a top public school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Also, Liberty Common High School students have posted the highest mean SAT score in Colorado the past two years and broke a state SAT record in 2018

This is not the school’s first high-profile visit. Liberty Common hosted Ivanka Trump ahead of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency in September 2016.

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After their stop at Liberty, DeVos and Buck will then head to Greeley to look at how Aims Community College prepares students for college and future careers. 

The Greeley campus offers evening and weekend classes in carpentry, nursing, real estate and early childhood education, according to the news release. Aims also partners with more than 40 local high schools to offer concurrent enrollment, through which participating high school students can earn college credit at no cost.

Brooklyn Dance is a breaking news reporter. Contact her at bdance@coloradoan.com or on Twitter @hibrookIyn.

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