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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said her future Secretary of Education will be chosen by a transgender child to ensure public schools are a “welcoming community”.

Speaking on Sunday at a town hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Warren said her future nominee will be subject to an interview with a young transgender person, and the nominee will only advance to the position if the child approves of the candidate.

“It starts with the Secretary of Education – who has a lot to do with where we spend our money, with what gets advanced in our public schools, with what the standards are,” Warren said.

“I’m going to have a Secretary of Education that this young trans person interviews on my behalf. And only if this person believes that our Secretary of Education, or Secretary of Education nominee, is someone who is committed to creating a welcoming environment, a safe environment, and a full educational curriculum for everyone, will that person actually be advanced to be secretary of education.”

Warren also said her first criterion for the role is that the nominee received a state education.

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