Betsy DeVos proposed a new education budget that’s somehow worse than the last
Betsy DeVos continues to show her true colors — and how little she cares about America’s kids — with her proposed Education Department budgets for 2020.
In her latest proposal, DeVos actually called for the government to end all the funding it gives to the Special Olympics. That’s right — the Trump administration is still fighting for billions to construct a southern border wall while giving tax cuts and benefits to corporations and the mega-wealthy, but it wants to stop funding for the Special Olympics. That is actually where we’re at right now.
“We had to make some difficult decisions,” Besty DeVos apparently said with a straight face as she addressed a House subcommittee with her proposed numbers, which included slashing the nearly $18 million the government currently gives to the Special Olympics. She went on to justify this proposal by saying the Special Olympics is better supported by philanthropic donations.
"In the case of the $17.6 million cut to help fund the Special Olympics, a program designed to help children and adults with disabilities, DeVos suggested it is better supported by philanthropy " https://t.co/LUtMPVBEuQ
— Paul Weimer 📷 (@PrinceJvstin) March 26, 2019
Just that part of the proposed budget alone would impact nearly 300,000 kids who participate in the Special Olympics, which we all know is one of the most powerful and inspiring organizations we have in this country. Sure, the Special Olympics would likely go on without support from the federal government. But that’s not the point. The point is that this is the Trump administration and Betsy DeVos telling us loud and clear that tax cuts and a border wall are more important than opportunities for kids with disabilities.
For all those retweeting: This is a *proposed cut to education* from Trump’s budget, which also cuts a $51 million program to aid autism & other developmental disabilities pic.twitter.com/M4V0ILLQ5U
— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) March 26, 2019
And sorry, but that’s not all. The budget that DeVos proposed this week would also cut a $51 million program to aid kids with autism and other developmental disabilities. DeVos and the Trump administration are funding their own twisted agendas, literally at the expense of the most vulnerable of our country’s population. It’s despicable.
It’s important to note that at this point, this is just a proposed budget. Nothing is set in stone yet, and analysts are already pointing out that far more conservative budgets than this one failed to pass a vote when Republicans held the majority of the seats in the House. Not that Democrats are in control there, it’s even less likely that this budget will make it into legislation.
Ahem: "Even with Republicans in the majority in the U.S. House the last two years, most of DeVos' strongest proposals for cuts or spending were turned back; now with Democrats in the majority, they are far less likely to gain traction." https://t.co/hMwiti76es
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) March 26, 2019
But the point still stands about this showing the president’s and DeVos’ priorities for kids and education. They are literally willing to sacrifice the education and well-being of children to fund their own interests. Something that anyone with a heart is simply not here for.
Betsy DeVos would prefer to waste billions on Charter schools instead of properly funding programs for disabled children. I guess there’s no profit to be made on children with disabilities.#WednesdayWisdom
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) March 27, 2019
Betsy DeVos proves you can have all the money in the world and still be dull, ignorant trash.
— John Roberts (@JohnRobertsFun) March 27, 2019
Betsy DeVos, on cutting funding to the Special Olympics:
"We had to make some difficult decisions."
The Special Olympics cost around $18 million, or about the same as five of Trump's golf trips to Mar-a-Lago.
It's not a difficult decision. It's an evil one.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 26, 2019
There has been a lot of dumb individuals involved in governmental budgeting and politics the past year, but good fucking god does #BetsyDeVos take the cake. So you want to take ALL $18million of funding from the @SpecialOlympics and many other special education programs totaliing
— Sean Patrick (@SeanKingless) March 27, 2019
Betsy DeVos Cuts ALL Special Olympics Funding, Because That's What Disney Villains Do! – Just when you were sure that Betsy DeVos could not get any more objectively evil, the Wicked Witch of Amway is now proud to announce that she has cut all Department of Education funding fo… pic.twitter.com/TZWCj0p6jD
— effinfun (@effinfun) March 27, 2019
This comes after Betsy DeVos proposed more than $7 billion in cuts to education in a previous budget, including eliminating almost three dozen after-school and summer programs for at-risk kids who live in impoverished areas. At the time, DeVos said her budget promoted “school choice,” and “protecting our most vulnerable students,” though the funds being allocated would have done the exact opposite.
In @BetsyDeVosED’s budget, there are major cuts to programs like the Special Olympics. Sec. DeVos didn’t know the number of kids who would be hurt by that cut, so I made sure she now knows that 272,000 kids are seeing their support taken away. pic.twitter.com/6ZiOfDU4Ou
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) March 26, 2019
Basically, Betsy DeVos is not recommending anything that will make education better in the U.S. In fact, her budget proposals eliminate programs that make our education system fair and supportive of students with a diverse array of needs.