DeVos doesn't rule out federal funds for private schools that discriminate

Eric Ueland Republican staff director Senate Budget Committee holds a copy of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget before distributing them to congressional staffers on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

DeVos doesn't rule out federal funds for private schools that discriminate

Clark told DeVos, the school's handbook states it will refuse admission to or expel students when someone in the child's home is "living in, condoning sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternate gender identity; promoting such practices".

Later, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said it was "appalling and sad" that the federal government would step away from its responsibility to protect students from discrimination.

Meredith charged DeVos with coming "into office with an intention to promote voucher programs nationwide, as she did here in IN through her political action committee the American Federation for Children, which used $1.3 million in political contributions to expand private school vouchers, private school tax credits and charter schools". Programs expected to be eliminated include a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college, a $27 million arts education program, two programs targeting Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students totaling $65 million, and two global education and foreign language programs that require $72 million. In California, the federal government pays about 9 percent of the cost, with the state and school districts paying the rest.

Betsy DeVos, the USA education secretary, said Monday that although President Trump's administration will put forward plans of a historic expansion of school choice, the ultimate decision will be left with the states, not Washington. But Clark quickly set her straight:"You are the backstop for students in the right to access a quality education".

Several Republicans praised DeVos, particularly for her push to expand school choice. "The parents are the ones who probably know best".

"It ensures funding for programs with proven results for students while taking a hard look at programs that sound nice but simply haven't yielded the desired outcomes", she said. "And it starts to shrink the Department of Education". Existing state programs are not beholden to federal anti-discrimination laws.

"My rural areas often don't have an alternative for people to go to, so they don't see that (benefit)", the Wisconsin Democrat said. "And yet I'm most upset that this budget would undermine our public education system and the working families who depend on them". "Frankly, I will advise you", Cole said, "I have a different point of view".

Declaring "awe" for special-education teachers' hard work, Frelinghuysen also questioned whether the administration had proposed adequate funding for students with disabilities. Through this investment, the Trump Administration hopes that more of tomorrow's teachers, doctors, judges, engineers and other professionals will emerge from HBCUs, MSIs, and HSIs.

If we really want to help students, then we need to focus everything about education on individual students - funding, supporting and investing in them.

On Tuesday, Congress was presented with President Donald Trump's first full budget for the 2018 fiscal year. Not only is the industry rife with fraud, its executives profiting handsomely from shady real estate deals, but studies indicate charters do not produce higher test scores than public schools. The example she chose is IN private school Lighthouse Christian Academy that's now seeking federal funding. That includes $250 million for vouchers to help students attend private and religious schools. "We stand on the verge of the most significant opportunity we have ever had to drag American education out of the Stone Age and into the future".

DeVos' school visit follows a Monday speech in Indianapolis where she alluded to "an ambitious" federal expansion of school choice.

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