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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks with parents about schools operating during COVID-19 at the Waukesha Expo Center on Thursday. (Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos touted school choice in a visit Thursday with parents in Waukesha, saying many families have been unhappy with education during the pandemic and should be able to decide what school is best for their children.

DeVos took part in a roundtable discussion with parents, all of whom had moved children to private schools — some through taxpayer-funded vouchers — so they would have in-person instruction.

“We know that the last several months have been tough for families, for parents and for kids,” said DeVos, who described the educational experience in Wisconsin and across the country as “uneven.”

“More than ever, parents have a keen understanding of what their children need to learn, how they learn,”