Betsy DeVos defended her proposed budgets cuts at the Department of Education on Monday — including slashing nearly $18 million to the Special Olympics, a report said.
The education secretary was speaking on Capitol Hill where she discussed a budget that spends $60 million on charter schools while cutting overall spending at the department by about 10%, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“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,” DeVos told a House subcommittee.
The longtime advocate for charter schools was grilled by Democrats including Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who called the proposal “cruel and reckless” for its potential impact on low-income students.
“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” DeVos said, adding that the Special Olympics is better supported by philanthropic organizations.
The department’s budget for the next fiscal year needs to be approved by the Democrat-controlled House.
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