Paul Ryan visits New York school run by charter advocate

Paul Ryan visits New York school run by charter advocate

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has visited a New York City charter school run by a Democrat who was briefly in the running to be President Donald Trump’s education secretary.

The Wisconsin Republican did not speak with reporters Tuesday as he slipped into the Success Academy charter school in Harlem. He praised the school’s “committed teachers” in a statement afterward.

More than 100 demonstrators protested Ryan’s visit.

The school is part of a network of 41 schools run by former New York City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz.

The schools have won praise for students’ high standardized test scores. But they’ve weathered controversies including a leaked video that showed a teacher disciplining a student harshly.

Moskowitz announced in November she was taking herself out of the running to serve as education secretary.

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