Her statement came in response to a question from Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass, during a House subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Department of Education's budget proposal, which would cut or elimate many programs and direct $1.4 billion to expand school choice, including a program to research and expand vouchers.
After opening remarks in which she acknowledged that the $9 billion number "may sound alarming", DeVos defended the cuts - which include almost $5 billion in eliminated programs - saying the budget "refocuses the department on supporting states and school districts in their efforts to provide high-quality education to all of our students". In 2000, MI voters overwhelmingly rejected a school choice ballot proposal by DeVos and her allies to amend the state's constitution to allow government aid to benefit private schools.
"I am shocked", replied Clark.
"We believe that parents are the best equipped to make choices about education for their children", she said.
"I give this budget an "F" grade for failing public school students in California and across the nation", said Torlakson, who leads the country's largest public school system with more than 6.2 million total students.
The U.S. Department of Education will review applications for almost $624,000 in grant funding for the University of Maine Presque Isle that had been rejected by the agency last month because of minor clerical errors, according to Maine's congressional delegation. You are the backstop for students and their right to access quality education. But their per pupil percentage is often less than their public school counterparts. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California said that "perhaps a better way ... in these poor minority schools would be to invest more", while Rep. Nita M. Lowey of NY said that "we need to increase the resources". "What if they said, 'We are not accepting African-American students, ' but that was OK with the state?" Perhaps most insidious, Democrats adopted "school choice"-a concept rooted in Southern racial panic following the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education-as part of their party platform". We urge lawmakers to press her on these issues. "Frankly, I will advise you", Cole said, "I have a different point of view". Jon Tester, D-Mont., repeatedly urged DeVos to consider the application based on the merits, and not hurt Montana students and families. As students shared their workplace experiences and results of personality tests they took, DeVos said she's been very interested in introversion and extroversion. "For the first time", Ravitch writes, "the government was mandating not only "accountability" (code for punishing teachers and schools who fall short), but also "choice" (code for handing low-performing public schools over to charter operators)".
They find it especially objectionable because it's on a short list of spending increases in a plan that otherwise cuts the Education Department's budget by 14 percent. But she proposed reinvesting $1.4 billion of the savings for school choice.
Given her testimony before the Budget Committee, it appears DeVos is the flawless person for such a destructive job.
"Please give her the opportunity to answer the question", said committee chairman Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.