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Betsy DeVos defends Special Olympics budget cuts: 'We had to make some difficult decisions'
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended budget cuts to programs including the Special Olympics on Tuesday.

Appearing before a House subcommittee Tuesday to review the department's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, DeVos said, "We had to make some difficult decisions."

DeVos's remarks came in response to questions from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who pressed her on the amount of kids the budget cut would impact.

"I don't know the number of kids," DeVos said before Pocan answered that 272,000 kids would be impacted.

"I think Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well," DeVos said.

The budget proposed by President Trump and supported by DeVos calls for nearly $18 million in cuts to the Special Olympics.
BetsyDeVos  politics  deptofeducation  usa  government  budget  congress  education 
march 2019 by jtyost2
Betsy DeVos: Deep cuts to Special Olympics, student programs are warranted
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday defended deep cuts to programs meant to help students and others, including eliminating $18 million to support Special Olympics, while urging Congress to spend millions more on charter schools.

"We are not doing our children any favors when we borrow from their future in order to invest in systems and policies that are not yielding better results," DeVos said in prepared testimony before a House subcommittee considering the Department of Education's budget request for the next fiscal year.

It was the first time that DeVos, a wealthy former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman and school choice advocate, had been called before a Democratic-led panel in the U.S. House to explain President Donald Trump's spending priorities.

While proposing to add $60 million more to charter school funding and create a tax credit for individual and companies that donate to scholarships for private schools, DeVos' budget proposal would still cut more than $7 billion from the Education Department, about 10 percent of its current budget. President Trump proposed a $4.7 trillion overall budget this month with an annual deficit expected to run about $1 trillion.

It calls for eliminating billions in grants to improve student achievement by reducing class sizes and funding professional development for teachers as well as cutting funds dedicated to increasing the use of technology in schools and improving school conditions. In many cases, DeVos said the purpose of the grants has been found to be redundant or ineffective.

In the case of the $17.6 million cut to help fund the Special Olympics, a program designed to help children and adults with disabilities, DeVos suggested it is better supported by philanthropy and added, "We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget."
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march 2019 by jtyost2
Betsy DeVos: Churches Can Get Taxpayer Money to Provide Services to Schools
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, always looking for new ways to hurt public education in the country, has decided the separation between church and state needs to go. Her office just announced that it will stop getting in the way of religious groups providing taxpayer-funded resources to public and private schools.

It’s the result, her office said, of the Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran decision which said it’s okay for religious groups to receive taxpayer money for ostensibly secular purposes.
education  legal  civilrights  humanrights  freedomofreligion  government  christianity  BetsyDeVos  DeptOfEducation  from instapaper
march 2019 by jtyost2
brought in lobbyists, executives from the for-profit schools and the loan-servicing industry, who are
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november 2018 by dshaw
The History of the Future of High School - VICE
"The problem with American high school education, it seems, is not that students haven’t learned the “right skills.” The problem is that the systemic inequality of the school system has ensured that many students have been unable to participate fully in either the economy or, more fundamentally, in democracy. It’s not that there has been no tinkering, but that those doing the tinkering often have their own interests, rather than students’ interests, in mind."
audreywatters  2018  highschool  education  aptests  publicschools  schooling  change  betsydevos  power  privilege  inequality  democracy  history  larrycuban  davidtyack 
october 2018 by robertogreco
DeVos McMansion
deliciously snarky architectural critique
devos  betsydevos  mcmansion  wealth  politics  trump  architecture  house 
august 2018 by nelson
. is just telling no in response to everything she says.
She just told DeVos she was ignor…
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march 2018 by andriak
Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost. - The New York Times
Free-market boosters, including Betsy DeVos, promised that a radical expansion of charter schools would fix the stark inequalities in the state’s education system. The results in the classrooms are far more complicated.
education  michigan  charterschools  betsydevos  nytimes  nytimesmag  inequality 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden

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