DeVos pushes back on 'increase the budget' cries

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

cash 100-dollar billSecretary of Education Betsy DeVos has found herself facing off with former Dept. of Education chiefs who disagree with the Trump administration.

At the Reagan Institute's Summit on Education, four former ed secretaries claimed that President Trump is headed in the wrong direction by calling for less federal intrusion into public education.

The event was held April 13 in Washington, D.C., where the opposing views came to light during a panel discussion. 

After covering the event, Daily Signal reporter Rachel del Guidce tells OneNewsNow the claim is that there's not enough federal dollars being spent on public education. 

"And they're also saying that they don't see education as a priority," she observes. "That they believe it should be."

The former secretaries included Arne Duncan and John King, Jr. from the Obama administration; and Rod Paige and Margaret Spellings, who both served under George W. Bush.

Education Week, meanwhile, reported in an April 10 story that the Dept. of Education budget increased by $2.6 billion over 2017 despite efforts by DeVos and Trump to trim back the spending.

The new Dept. of Ed. budget for the 2018 fiscal year is $70.9 billion despite efforts to cut approximately 13 percent.

Pushing back on the former education chiefs, Del Guidice says DeVos pointed out that billions have been spent to help the lowest-performing students and, despite that massive spending, the results show an academic decline, not an improvement.

"And she's looking at ways," Del Guidice says of Devos, "to make it so that there's less regulation, that there's less spending, and put more authority into parents and teachers and do what works."

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