DeVos 2020 Proposal Decreases Funds for Gallaudet to Increase National Security

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Education Secretary Besty DeVos's budget cut proposal is getting a lot of attention from the community. The congressional subcommittee on Tuesday grilled DeVos on her proposal which faces a $7.1 billion reduction below the appropriation for 2019. 

The Special Olympics has been zeroed out by DeVos with the suggestion that funding from nonprofit organizations and philanthropy would be able to handle the loss. “The earmark for Special Olympics Education programs would be eliminated.“ (2020 Budget Proposal) The suggestion that the Special Olympics Education programs should be eliminated angered a lot of people. This is the third time DeVos has tried to cut funds from the program.

“The proposal to eliminate the Special Olympics programs did not make it into the final versions of the 2018 or 2019 budgets. Democrats in the House of Representatives strongly opposed DeVos’ $17.6 million cut for 2020 during her appearance at a 26 March hearing of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee:” (Snopes)

She also proposes to add $60 million more to charter school funding. DeVos's budget request also cut funds from after-school programs and support for students from low-income families, proposing a 12 percent overall decrease in federal funding for education.

For the Helen Keller National Center, DeVos's education administration requested $10.3 million to support comprehensive services for individuals with deaf-blindness to enhance their potential for employment and help them live independently. This amount is a 24 percent budget cut. 

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Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf also saw recommended budget cuts with $13 million (9.7 percent) and $7.5 million (9.7 percent), respectively. DeVos states in the proposal that these funds will provide substantial resources to these programs “while also maintaining the fiscal discipline necessary to support the President’s goal of increasing support for national security and public safety without adding to the Federal budget deficit.”

NTID released a statement to the public reassuring people that the budget is far from decided.