Betsy DeVos, the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education has proposed a 12% cut in the Special Olympics. Special Olympics are basically after-school programs for children that belong to low-income families. The proposal for 2020 has been most scrutinized and decreased budget as compared to that of previous year’s.
DeVos responded when asked about the proposal by Rep. Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat. He said that more than 270,000 children benefit from those programs. “We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget.” She added, “I think Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is supported by the philanthropic sector as well.”
Although she had cut the budget because of several other responsibilities and projects, she always supported Special Olympics. Therefore she announced that she would donate part of her salary to the organization. A spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the secretary made the donation last year.
She was criticized by many of her peers for various educational schemes. Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat made claims about the budget.
The final budget is requests new funds for K-12 school choice tax credits, called Education Freedom Scholarships. They could be used for both private and public schools. The agency is asking the Treasury Department for $5 billion a year for the new program. Hence many members are positive about outcomes of the new plan.