US Department of Education News: Secretary Betsy DeVos Corrects the Record on Trump Administration Support for Students with Disabilities

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – Following is a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:

“It is unacceptable, shameful and counterproductive that the media and some members of Congress have spun up falsehoods and fully misrepresented the facts.

“Make no mistake: we are focused every day on raising expectations and improving outcomes for infants and toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and are committed to confronting and addressing anything that stands in the way of their success.

“The President’s budget reflects that commitment.  It supports our nation’s 7 million students with disabilities through a $13.2 billion request for IDEA funding, the same funding level appropriated by Congress.  All of that money goes directly to states to ensure students with disabilities have the resources and supports they need.  The budget also requests an additional $225.6 million for competitively awarded grants to support teacher preparation, research and technical assistance to support students with disabilities.

“The Special Olympics is not a federal program. It’s a private organization.  I love its work, and I have personally supported its mission. Because of its important work, it is able to raise more than $100 million every year.  There are dozens of worthy nonprofits that support students and adults with disabilities that don’t get a dime of federal grant money.  But given our current budget realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations.”