Betsy DeVos may have been naive enough to believe that her humiliating appearance on 60 Minutes recently was the worst thing that could happen to her. If that was the case, DeVos was, unsurprisingly, very wrong.
The budget put forth by Congress ignores most of what DeVos and President Trump have outlined in terms of cuts to education for the second year in a row. The proposed cuts were meant to gut after-school and mental health resources.
Per The Washington Post, Congress also ignored was DeVos’s request for $1 billion to boost charter and private schools. While DeVos had requested a cut to education spending by $3.6 billion overall, Congress’s bill actually increases department funding by $3.9 billion, with no funding at all for what DeVos refers to as her “school choice” program.
In order to clarify to DeVos that this loss was a personal one, Senator Parry Murray, ranking Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee stated:
“After more than a year on the job, I would have hoped Secretary DeVos would have learned by now that her extreme ideas to privatize our nation’s public schools and dismantle the Department of Education do not have support among parents or in Congress, but unfortunately that does not seem to be the case. I’m proud to have worked with Republicans in Congress,” continued Murray, “to flatly reject these ideas, and increase funding for programs Secretary DeVos tried to cut, including K-12 education, civil rights protections, college affordability, and more.”
One can only hope that DeVos has read the writing on the wall.