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Betsy DeVos won’t say whether she’d withhold federal funds from private schools that discriminate

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And the only reason she would refuse to say is that she doesn’t believe discrimination is bad. Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say Wednesday whether she would block private schools that discriminate against LGBT students from receiving federal dollars, explaining that she believes states should have the flexibility to design voucher programs and that parents should be able to choose schools that best fit their children’s needs.

DeVos returned frequently to the theme of what she called a need for a return to more local control in her first public appearance before Congress since her rocky confirmation hearing in January.

Fielding questions from members of a House appropriations subcommittee, she said that states should decide how to address chronic absenteeism, mental health and suicide risks among students, and states should decide whether children taking vouchers are protected by federal special-education law.

Asked by Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.) whether she could think of any circumstance in which the federal government should step in to stop federal dollars from going to private schools that discriminate against certain groups of students, DeVos did not directly answer.

“We have to do something different than continuing a top-down, one-size-fits all approach,” DeVos said.

Democrats immediately criticized DeVos’s philosophy, saying the nation’s top education official must be willing to defend children against discrimination by institutions that get federal money. “To take the federal government’s responsibility out of that is just appalling and sad,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D- Calif.). . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

24 May 2017 at 11:31 am

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