U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin responded to Secretary DeVos’s proposed elimination of federal funding for Special Olympics programs in a statement that read, “Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed eliminating funding for the Special Olympics from the U.S. Department of Education’s budget. In a tenure riddled with cruel decisions that undermine our schools and remove protections for our children, this one stands out.”
“Special Olympics provides outstanding educational opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities and helps reduce the stigma and isolation they too often experience. Taking the program’s funding away is simply unconscionable, and we must not let it happen,” added Slotkin.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed eliminating all federal funding for the Special Olympics in her most recent budget proposal. The organization received $17.6 million from the Education Department this year, but DeVos says it should be supported through philanthropy.
A department spokeswoman says DeVos supports the organization and has donated to it in the past.