Asked About Discrimination, Betsy DeVos Said This 14 Times

Jun 7, 2017

By Cory Turner

Over and over again, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos deflected a barrage of pointed questions with one answer:

“Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law.”

Appearing Tuesday before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, DeVos was asked repeatedly by lawmakers if, under a federal voucher program, she would prohibit private schools from discriminating against LGBTQ students and children with disabilities. Recent reports, including an NPR investigation of Indiana’s voucher program, have documented private schools excluding these students.

When Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington asked if private schools would be required to follow IDEA, the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, DeVos began the pattern:

“Any institution receiving federal funding is required to follow federal law.”

When Murray followed up, she got the same answer, again.

Later, Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, pointed out that federal anti-discrimination laws are “somewhat foggy” and asked DeVos if private schools that take federal dollars should be allowed to turn away LGBTQ students.

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One comment on “Asked About Discrimination, Betsy DeVos Said This 14 Times”

  • @OP – Later, Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, pointed out that federal anti-discrimination laws are “somewhat foggy” and asked DeVos if private schools that take federal dollars should be allowed to turn away LGBTQ students.

    Of course in asking the questions, there is perhaps an assumption that Trump appointees have actually read federal laws, or are actually capable of reading, understanding, or caring about federal laws!

    “Any institution receiving federal funding is required to follow federal law.”

    Perhaps a blank repetition of a vague answer, could give a clue to the answer to this question!

    “God-did-its” , frequently “know” all the answers, without bothering to research the information, or understanding the questions!



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