East Hartford students pen letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

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EAST HARTFORD -- Five East Hartford High School students have written a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, outlining their positive experiences with the district.

Their letter comes in response to DeVos's comments during a congressional hearing last week in which she recounted the experiences of a former East Hartford High School student who called the school a "dangerous daycare."

"I've had a great experience at East Hartford High School, and I know many other students who have also had a great experience," said junior Jadah Daley, one of the five students who wrote the letter.

"I couldn't fathom why she [DeVos] would say that," said junior Tasnim Islam, who also wrote the letter.

The students who penned the letter credit the high school's academic offerings, extracurricular opportunities and teaching staff with their successes.

"They come to our games," said junior Michael Lachnicht, who also contributed to the letter. "They come to our awards nights. They give us letters of recommendation and they do that on their own time."

The students are unsure why DeVos singled out one former student. "I was kind of disappointed that she took one student's opinion and that was her whole viewpoint on our school," said Daley.

They say they welcome DeVos to come and tour East Hartford High School so they can get a true picture of what it's like. "Our school is not a dangerous place," said Daley. "It's a safe and loving place for anyone who wants to come."

A rally is also planned outside of East Hartford High School on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.
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