Many concerned citizens are worried about what budget cuts could mean for the future of America’s children.
The cuts that the Education Department is facing are going to negatively impact some of America’s most vulnerable children. The plan gets rid of over 20 programs that include programs benefiting low-income students, gifted students, and those with disabilities.
“The education budget calls for cutting about $9 billion, or 13 percent of the department’s funding, from about 20 programs, including the Special Olympics for students with disabilities, after-school programs for low-income students and programs for gifted students.”
DeVos claims that there are many students who would benefit from efforts to increase that ability of school choice, but then she is turning around and attacking those exact same students by getting rid of funding for programs in public schools that have already helped so many students along their educational path.
Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, on Wednesday fiercely defended budget plans to spend $1.4 billion on the Trump administration’s expanded school choice agenda, but refused to say whether her office would withhold funds from private schools that discriminate against students.
In her first testimony to Congress since a bruising confirmation hearing in January, Ms. DeVos appeared unflappable as she told members of a House Appropriations subcommittee that the budget sought to empower states and parents to make decisions about students’ educations.
“We cannot allow any parent to feel their child is trapped in a school that isn’t meeting his or her unique needs,” Ms. DeVos told lawmakers.
But Democrats derided the education spending blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year as tone deaf to low-income and working-class Americans. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, the top Democrat on the panel, called it “cruel” and “inhumane.”
The budget plan would eliminate more than 20 education programs and redirect funding to expanding school choice initiatives. Those include a $250 million program to give students publicly funded scholarships to attend private schools.
But Ms. DeVos said states, not the Education Department, would decide whether to withhold federal money from private schools that are neither required to serve a diverse pool of students nor held publicly accountable for doing so.
The icing on top of this all is that DeVos would not care if private schools using these publicly funded vouchers discriminated against which students they would accept.
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