Betsy DeVos Grilled Over Special Olympics Budget Cuts Proposal

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As reported by USA Today, deep cuts to student programs were defended on Tuesday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The cuts include eliminating $18M in support of Special Olympics, at the same time urging Congress to invest millions more on charter schools. The Typical Student team learned the details of funding cuts. 

 

Cuts To Student Programs: What Are They All About?

 

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Ms DeVos' initial proposal was to add $60M more to the funding of charter schools and create a tax credit for individual and companies making donations to the scholarships for private schools. The budget proposal would still cut over $7B from the Education Department, which makes about 10% of its current budget. As told by USA Today, this month, "president Trump proposed a $4.7 trillion overall budget with an annual deficit expected to run about $1 trillion." 

The problem with the budget proposal lies in the fact that it calls for "eliminating billions in grants" given to help improve academic achievement, class size reduction, cutting funds for educators' professional development. Also, the proposal suggests cutting funds meant for increasing the use of technology in schools and improving school conditions. 

 

Special Olympics Funding Cuts

 

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The proposed $17.6M cut to help fund the Special Olympics, a program designed to help children and adults with disabilities, caused serious concerns. As DeVos said, quote:  "We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget."

"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 her testimony at the budget hearings for the next fiscal year.

 

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