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Secretary DeVos Proposes $18-Million Cut to Disability Programs
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33791"><span class="small">teleSUR</span></a>   
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 13:11

Excerpt: "In a review of the 2020 Education Department proposed-budget before a United States House of Representatives subcommittee, Education Secretary Besty DeVos received backlash on several cuts, most notably, a nearly US$18 million slash to the Special Olympics."

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


Secretary DeVos Proposes $18-Million Cut to Disability Programs

By teleSUR

27 March 19


DeVos expressed that while she considers the Special Olympics to be "an awesome organization," it is "well supported by the philanthropic sector."

n a review of the 2020 Education Department proposed-budget before a United States House of Representatives subcommittee, Education Secretary Besty DeVos received backlash on several cuts, most notably, a nearly US$18 million slash to the Special Olympics.

DeVos proceeded to defend the budget, which was proposed by President Donald Trump, before the subcommittee, saying "we had to make some difficult decisions."

The Special Olympics is a non-profit organization that provides sports training and competition for disabled children and adults. Athletes and advocates of the organization presented their case to Congress last month.

DeVos expressed that while she considers the Special Olympics to be "an awesome organization," it is "well supported by the philanthropic sector." When asked by Representative Mark Pocan if she knew how many children would be impacted by the cuts, DeVos said she did not.

Pocan noted that 272,000 kids would be impacted.

DeVos, a philanthropist who is reportedly worth about a billion dollars, donated a quarter of her annual $199,700 salary to the Special Olympics after proposing millions in cuts to the program last year. Generally, DeVos's donations have largely gone to advocacy groups for charter schools, private schools and religious organizations.

The 2020 budget proposal has requested an additional US$60 million to fund charter schools.

Secretary DeVos defended the move, claiming that “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.” The statement did not go over well, with Representative Rosa DeLauro, who then remarked: “Madam Secretary, I have to say, and maybe it’s offensive: Shame on you.”

Trump has also targeted other programs that benefit individuals with disabilities for budget cuts, including Medicaid, initiatives dedicated to autism and other developmental ailments and education grants for states and institutions that serve blind and deaf students.

DeVos proposed a general cut of 12% for the entire Department of Education.

Trump's proposals to cut funding for education have already been rejected in previous years, even before Democrats took over the House.

Representative Nita Lowey expressed confusion over the proposal, stating that "this year, I'm puzzled. You're trying to cut it again, completely ignoring the strong evidence that parents support this program and in fact want more of it."

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0 # WIlhelmscream2 2019-03-27 21:13
DEVOS: Your excuse for theses cuts reeks of death that’s weeks old! SNL (if not a repeat) will NOT let this go; all over WEEKEND UPDATE!
 
 
+2 # DongiC 2019-03-28 05:21
Face it! The evidence is piling up that Trump and his pathetic company of errant clowns really have it in for the poor and the sick. Their lack of sensitivity has reached pathological levels. Why this animus toward the unfortunate? Why the need to lord it over those unfortunate souls who carry more than the average share of life's burdens? Abolition of Obamacare, no federal funding for Special Olympics, imprisonment of young immigrant children in kennels after being separated from their parents, mocking of the handicapped, vast rewards for the rich, reduction of their taxes, gargantuan number of lies and deceptions. What is one to think?

Evil has come to our land. It threatens the future of all of us. People of good will must recognize the situation and rally to the cause. Elect Bernie, and a Progressive/Dem ocratic Senate. Pass a sheaf of reform legislation re taxes, education, health care, immigration, environmental restoration and renewable energy.

Let us restore civility and fairness and kindness especially to the handicapped. Let's make America truly great!
 
 
0 # randrjwr 2019-03-28 14:26
Come on everybody--this deserves 100s of +s.
 
 
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-03-28 08:55
On the other hand, one could get all the wealthy philanthropists to contribute by taxing all the wealthy, you know. The vicious, cruel, grasping nature of this corrupt administration almost exceeds belief.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2019-03-28 08:57
Secretary DeVos Proposes $18-Million Cut to Disability Programs
By teleSUR
27 March 19

- on the bright side ms. de ed proposes aid grants to muslim schools?
 
 
0 # randrjwr 2019-03-28 10:13
Not mentioned here is that the $18M DeVos would deny to the Special Olympics is about the financial equivalent of 5 of Trump's trips to Mar a Lago. I think our taxpayer money would be better spent funding the Special Olympics and the Mar a Lago trips should be left to be "well supported by the philanthropic sector."

If DeVos is unhappy with the performance of our public schools (thus favoring charter schools) perhaps she should consider funding public education to the extent that teachers could be paid a living wage and would not have to work one or two extra jobs just to survive. And, on top of that, having to purchase basic school supplies, which should be provided by the school, from their own funds, the tax deductibility of which was sharply reduced in the recent Tax Bill--so the wealthy could each get an extra $10 or so, I guess.

The pure mean-spiritedne ss of this so-called Administration seems to have no limits.