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Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearing to be next Secretary of Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Why Did Betsy DeVos Meet Privately With HBCU Leaders?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with leaders of several historically black colleges and universities in Florida on Wednesday.

The roundtable event was not listed on DeVos’ public schedule, which did not include any events for Wednesday. Her office told the Miami Herald the event was deemed “private.”

According to the readout of the event, which was released Wednesday afternoon following the event, those invited included a board member at Bethune-Cookman University, numerous officials at Florida A&M University, as well as a number of African-American church leaders and Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla.

The event was held at the Bethel Family Life Center in Tallahassee, Fla. DeVos’ spokesperson did not confirm to the Miami Herald who attended the roundtable.

According to the release, the event consisted of two 45-minute sessions, the first titled “Saving, Sustaining and Strengthening Public Education and Schools of Choice” and the second titled “Saving, Sustaining and Strengthening HBCUs and Higher Education.”

On Tuesday, DeVos visited a private school and a public charter school in Tallahassee.

In May, DeVos was notably “booed” while delivering the commencement at Bethune-Cookman University.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to DeVos’ office for comment.

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