Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to face questions over budget cuts

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In a statement, DeVos called the alleged actions by the parents, some of whom allegedly paid more than $1 million to secure admission, "disgraceful".

Among those decrying the funding proposal online were several ESPN personalities, perhaps not surprising given the network's long association with the Special Olympics.

"This is not the old Special Olympics, it's not my mom's Special Olympics in some ways", he said on MSNBC.

The proposed elimination of $17.6 million in Special Olympics funding is part of $7 billion in education cuts outlined by the Department of Education, with numerous proposed cuts targeting services for students with disabilities.

Durbin, in response, said the proposed cut was "shameful".

Congress has repeatedly rejected Trump's request to kill the funding and instead has steadily increased the Special Olympics appropriation, from $12.6 million in 2017 to $15.1 million in 2018 to $17.6 million this year.

At a Senate appropriations hearing Thursday, Sen.

In prepared remarks to the House education subcommittee, DeVos cited a need for "fiscal discipline", saying, "We are not doing our children any favours when we borrow from their future in order to invest in systems and policies that are not yielding better results". Kasich, who also represented OH in the U.S. House, said that when he was on the budget committee, "these types of programs were off limits - for good reason".

In a separate interview Thursday on ABC's "The View", Kennedy questioned why - of all the nonprofits funded by both federal grants and private philanthropy - the Special Olympics was being singled out. When asked if she was familiar with the federal law, she said she "may have confused it".

A spokeswoman told CNN that Devos is "personally supportive of Special Olympics and its mission".

"Do you know how many kids are going to be affected by that cut?" -Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.)"The Trump administration seems to have no problem spending taxpayer money on the president's regular trips to golf and fly to Florida for weekends", wrote Pocan to supporters.

Trump can not authorize funding for the Special Olympics, as that power lies with Congress, per Axios. Eliminating the funding has been part of all three Trump budgets.

DeVos also faced questions about her decision to withdraw Obama-era guidelines regarding student discipline. "This is like the most ridiculous budget cut, one-sided bulls**t that could ever be done", Big Show says.

"We've had to make some hard decisions", DeVos declared. "Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training & competition and has a lifelong impact on everyone involved".

Needless to say, DeVos is being roasted like a chestnut on an open fire, as if she were cutting educational resources for intellectually disabled students (in fact, the budget allocates over $32 billion for "high-need students", which includes intellectually disabled students). It was established in 1979, and Ronald Reagan campaigned on a promise to kill it if he took the White House.

"Our members put in tireless efforts to help out and raise money for Special Olympics".

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