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DeVos Defends School Choice as Democrats Demand Answers on Arming Teachers

April 10, 2019
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House Democrats who focus on education peppered U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with questions about her vision for school choice, arming teachers, and federal education law during a lengthy, often confrontational hearing here Wednesday.

Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the committee chairman, set the tone when he highlighted the Education Department's core mission of ensuring equitable opportunities for all students. "Unfortunately under the president's fiscal 2020 budget, it would be nearly impossible to meet that challenge," he said. That budget request would cut 10 percent from the department's $71 billion budget and eliminate 29 programs covering literacy, educator training, and more, but is highly unlikely to pass Congress.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., brought up the issue of Obama-era transgender guidance, which DeVos revoked in 2017 and was intended to ensure transgender students could access school facilities based on their gender identity.

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