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House Democrats grilled Betsy DeVos Tuesday over the education secretary’s latest budget proposal, which boosts appropriations for charter schools while slashing $17.6 million in funding for the Special Olympics.
During a contentious hearing before the House education appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., pushed DeVos on the proposed cuts to the Special Olympics, a sports competition for disabled athletes.
“Do you know how many kids are going to be affected by that cut, Madam Secretary?” Pocan asked.
“Mr. Pocan, let me just say again, we had to make some difficult decisions with this budget —” DeVos replied.
“Again, this is a question about many kids, not about the budget —” Pocan interjected.
“I don’t know the number —” said DeVos.
“It’s 272,000 kids,” Pocan interjected.
“Let me just say that I think Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well,” DeVos said.
Overall, DeVos’s proposal cuts the education budget by $7 billion, or 10 percent of the current level of funding. At the same time, it would raise charter school funding by $60 million.
The budget submitted by the administration and Cabinet agencies invariably gets overhauled by Congress, and is usually regarded as largely symbolic.
All Republicans, and especially trumpturds know that disabled kids are inferior and there’s no reason to spend money on them.
Cutting the education budget by 10% let’s us know that education isn’t a priority in the Trump administration, especially in the Department of Education.
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