Goodbye special olympics?

The Secretary of Education proposed a plan to cut special olympic programs in schools.

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Our school, alongs with the millions and millions of other schools and organizations around the world participate in the Special Olympics. We also have a Unified Soccer team.

Betsy DeVos has proposed a $18 million dollar cut to the Special Olympics program as part of her plan to spend over $60 million dollars on charter schools while cutting overall funding, according to the New York Post.

“We are not doing our children any favors when we borrow from their future in order to invest in systems and policies that are not yielding better results,” defended DeVos to the House.

The Special Olympics website explains “There are as many as 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Our goal is to reach out to every one of them…through a wide range of trainings, competitions, health screenings and fund-raising events.”

Since this proposal on Monday 25 March, DeVos has changed tunes and President Trump has weighed in on the topic in response to the backlash.

While “publicly undermined her position,” as CNN described, President Trump shares that “I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics,” on Thursday March 28, according to USA Today.