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Politics DeVos faces withering criticism in House hearing

23:25  20 march  2018
23:25  20 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Please read the rules before joining the discussion. DeVos faces withering criticism in House hearing . Education Secretary Betsy DeVos , left, testifies before a House Committee on Appropriation subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced blistering questioning from House Democrats on Tuesday as they confronted her on gun control, racism and LGBT rights.

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DeVos also faced sharp criticism from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who complained that minority students were being disciplined much more frequently than their white peers for similar infractions. The Obama administration issued guidance in 2014 that instructed schools to pay attention to the problem

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DeVos' testimony in front of the House Appropriations subcommittee got so tense that the chairman made a point of thanking DeVos for her poise when he concluded the meeting.

DeVos, already reeling after a series of rocky, high-profile interviews, unveiled some details of a federal commission on school safety that she will be chairing. The commission, formed after the Florida high school shooting in which 17 people were killed, will comprise herself as well as the heads of the Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and Justice departments.

DeVos said the commission will begin work within the next few weeks. A spokeswoman for DeVos later added that the panel will also involve students, teachers, law enforcement and mental health professionals as experts.

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DeVos also faced sharp criticism from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who complained that minority students were being disciplined much more frequently than She would not talk about her plans at the hearing . But DeVos said she was proud of the work of her agency's civil rights office and said it was

DeVos also faced sharp criticism from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who complained that minority students were being disciplined much more frequently than She would not talk about her plans at the hearing . But DeVos said she was proud of the work of her agency’s civil rights office and said it was

DeVos said the commission will, among other things, consider whether to ban gun sales to people under 21. Trump initially spoke in favor of such a proposal, but backtracked on it after meeting with representatives of the National Rifle Association. DeVos would not tell the subcommittee whether she personally supports the idea or not.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waits to testify before a House Committee on Appropriation subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © The Associated Press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waits to testify before a House Committee on Appropriation subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

DeVos also defended states' and communities' rights to decide whether to arm teachers.

"The question of school personnel being armed is very much one for local communities and states to grapple with," she said.

DeVos added, "If there are going to be guns in schools, they need to be in the hands of the right people, those who are going to protect students and ensure their safety."

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  DeVos gets cold shoulder from White House after interviews Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got a less than ringing endorsement from the White House on Monday after a pair of uncomfortable television interviews raised questions about her commitment to help underperforming schools and support for President Donald Trump's proposal to curb school violence. Less than a day after DeVos was appointed to chair a federal commission on school safety, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed DeVos' role in the process.

DeVos also faced sharp criticism from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who complained that minority students were being disciplined much more frequently than their white peers for similar infractions. The Obama administration issued guidance in 2014 that instructed schools to pay attention to the problem

DeVos also faced scathing criticism from Representative Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, who said minority students were being disciplined much more DeVos is now reviewing that guidance, and civil rights group fear she intends to rescind it. She would not talk about her plans at the hearing .

Patty Murray of Washington state, the top Democrat on the Senate committee overseeing education, was upset that DeVos did not include any Democrats or any experts in the subject matter on the school safety commission.

"I am not very optimistic that that will accomplish anything," Murray told The Associated Press. "Real experience is absolutely critical to get anything done."

DeVos also faced scathing criticism from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who said minority students were being disciplined much more frequently than their white peers for similar infractions. The Obama administration issued guidance in 2014 that instructed schools to pay attention to the problem. DeVos is now reviewing that guidance, and civils rights group fear she intends to rescind it. She would not talk about her plans at the hearing.

"Your head is in the sand about racial bias and racial discrimination," Lee said. "Madame Secretary, you just don't care much about the rights of black and brown children. This is horrible."

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., launched into a tense back-and-forth with DeVos on whether she would require private schools that receive federal funding to follow federal civil rights laws that prohibit sexual, racial and religious discrimination.

DeVos has been pushing to increase public funding of alternatives to traditional neighborhood schools — such as charter school or private school programs. Critics say private schools get to choose which students to admit and may discriminate against minorities.

"Will you guarantee as secretary of education that that money is included with non-discrimination policies for those private schools?" Clark asked.

"Federal law must be followed when federal money is involved," DeVos said.

"Is that a yes or a no?"

DeVos kept repeating her answer.

"Is there some problem? Yes or no?"

"Yes," Devos finally said.


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