Education Secretary Betsy DeVos married to the owner of Avon Cosmetics Company had been the target of public criticism since her appointment, with quotes and cuts to education that has raised eye brows.
Her children all received private education, good that she could afford it, but she apparently doesn’t have a clue the struggles public education has and how her cuts have affected the less fortunate cutting early learning programs primarily targeted for the poor.
Her latest target for cuts has caused out cries from Special Olympics and stats who count on federal money for their programs.
She has proposed $17.6 million in 2020 federal funding cuts for Special Olympics.
She has supported her cuts saying Special Olympics collects millions of dollars in private contributions thus the cuts shouldn’t affect the organization.
Non-profits today are lazy, holding their hands out for federal and state help, and their budgets reflect that. Before this aid, non-profits ut on fund raising functions from bake sales, to large raffles.
Special Olympics has gone beyond that financial help, and the government should be rewarding them instead of penalizing them.
Special Olympics Delaware organized in 1971 with sports training and competition in 20 sports involving more than 4000 athletes with intellectual disabilities has given many the confidence to offset their disabilities. Multiply this number throughout the US.
This state receives $100,000 for it’s Unified Champion Program, which is recommended to be axed by Education Secretary DeVos.
More than 150 schools in Delaware, preschool through high school participate in the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program.
Those of you who cried, “Bring back out government to our state,” I say, be careful what you wish for. This is government’s way of putting the tax burden on you.
You pay now, or pay later. This is one program, successful, meaningful and an’t broke, doesn’t need fixing.
UPDATE: TRUMP HAS REVERSED HIS DECISION; FUNDING FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY HIS BUDGET. I’m sure this monumental decision came after both parties said they would not pass this part of his budget cuts. He is of course taking credit for over ruling Secretary DeVos when in fact he had no choice.