Secretary of Education Betsy Devos said on Wednesday African-Americans had ‘"no choices" for colleges in the past, after making statements linking school choice and historically black colleges earlier this year.
In February, DeVos received criticism after she said that historically black colleges and universities were "real pioneers when it comes to school choice."
She says now she regrets that statement.
"Racism was rampant and there were no choices" of colleges for African-Americans in the past," DeVos told the Associated Press.
She added she "should have decried much more forcefully the ravages of racism in this country."
Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black university in Daytona Beach, Fla., invited DeVos to give the school's commencement speech in May. Students and alumni protested the invitation and during the commencement DeVos was booed by students as some stood and turned their backs to her.
DeVos has made expanding school choice a priority for the Department of Education.