Secretary Devos unveils education budget cuts hitting Special Olympics, autism programs

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UPDATED 10:39 AM PT — Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Education Secretary Betsy Devos is proposing major budget cuts in the Education Department. While testifying in a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Devos requested a seven billion dollar cut in funding.

The move includes eliminating all funding for the Special Olympics, and millions of dollars in cuts for programs aimed at autism and blind people.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

However, it does increase the budget for charter schools by $60 million since School Choice is a key policy aim of the secretary. This was a point of contention with Democrats on the committee, who grilled Devos about the cuts to the Special Olympics.

“Do you know how many kids are going to be affected by that cut?” asked Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan.

“We had to make some difficult decisions,” stated Secretary Devos. “I think Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well.”

Devos pointed out there has been a 180-percent increase in education spending over the past four decades without better outcomes for students.

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