Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has never made a secret of her contempt for public schools.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro criticized DeVos for encouraging vouchers while dispensing coronavirus relief funds. This was never part of the intent of Congress. DeVos does whatever she wants to do without regard to Congressional intent.

Usually, it is a bad idea for a Cabinet officer to ignore the appropriators. DeVos doesn’t care. She has an ideological passion for vouchers.

April 27, 2020
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DeLauro Calls on Secretary DeVos to Remove Ideological Restrictions from Emergency Education Relief

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Education (ED), today released the following statement after ED announced the availability of emergency education relief funding for States “with the highest coronavirus burden” through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

“Congress provided $308 million in emergency education relief in the CARES Act ‘for grants to States with the highest coronavirus burden’ to offer additional help to parts of the country where COVID-19 outbreaks have been more widespread and severe. I am astonished to see Secretary DeVos use today’s invitation to applicants for this critical aid to fund divisive, ideologically-driven policy priorities: including voucher-like proposals. At best, the Secretary is exploiting emergency relief legislation to insert Secretarial priorities not outlined in this section of the CARES Act. At worst, the Secretary is deliberately misreading the law to conjure up purposes for these resources that were not provided in Section 18001(a)(3) of the law. Secretary DeVos must back down from these inappropriate actions during this time of national emergency and refrain from imposing new restrictions and conditions on the aid provided to States.”