Betsy DeVos proposes deep cuts to Special Olympics

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos speaks during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos speaks during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing

"I just told my people, I wanna fund the Special Olympics, and I just authorized a funding of the Special Olympics", Trump said before leaving for an evening rally in MI.

The Special Olympics' 2017 annual report, the latest available on its website, says the group received a total of $148 million in revenue that year, including $15.5 million from federal grants. "I heard about it this morning. and I have overridden my people".

While DeVos was delivering testimony, Trump reached the conclusion that the government should provide funding for Special Olympics.

"Republicans just passed a tax cut that reduced funding into our coffers and then to say you don't have the money for Special Olympics or autism funding".

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding to the Special Olympics. "I don't know the number of kids".

"We had to make some hard decisions", stated Secretary Devos.

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- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday defended a proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, pushing back against a storm of criticism from athletes, celebrities and politicians who rallied to support the organization. An aide said she had been overruled by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The Special Olympics, founded by president John F Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, has grown into a global movement, providing competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Special Olympics said its athletic tournaments are supported by private donations, but the federal money pays for important educational services in schools, teaching social and emotional skills to children with special needs.

In March 2018, for instance, an angry Trump stormed out of Washington after grudgingly signing a massive omnibus spending bill on a Friday afternoon despite threatening to veto it earlier that day. Dick Durbin of IL said "whoever came up with that idea. gets a Special Olympic gold medal for insensitivity". Lawmakers pointed out it includes a 26 percent reduction in state grants for special education and millions of dollars in cuts to programs for students who are blind, according to NBC News.

Special Olympics, which gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to compete in athletics on a world stage, has long enjoyed robust and bipartisan support. Durbin. "That is just disgusting and it's shameful". "I'm praying for the Special Olympics".

DeVos has lobbied for an overall shrinking of the nation's public education system and the implementation of a voucher program that would allow parents to send their children to private schools. The move lacks political efficacy, and the Special Olympics funding only makes up a fraction of a percent of the ED budget: the program, which supports thousands of disabled athletes, represents just.21 percent of the proposed budget cuts. I mean that genuinely, ' she said.

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