It seems nothing raises Rep. Barbara Lee’s blood pressure more than the sight of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifying before the House Appropriations Committee.
During a hearing Tuesday, Lee said the Department of Education’s proposed budget targets minority students and disabled children.
“You have zeroed out the Special Olympics, once again,” said Lee. “I still don’t understand why you would go after disabled children in your budget. It’s appalling.”
On higher instances of minority students receiving disciplinary actions or other racial groups, Lee laid into DeVos for rescinding orders to correct the problem. DeVos said the orders amounted to quotas.
“Thank God we had Brown vs. the Board of Education,” said Lee. “The federal government gave us a chance to go to public schools. We need the federal government to provide that oversight for civil rights protection.”
Almost to the day, Lee reserved harsh words for DeVos also during a House Appropriations hearing in March 2018. The subject of Lee’s outrage was mostly the same, racial disparities and proposed cuts for the Special Olympics.
“Madam Secretary, you just don’t care much about civil rights of black and brown children. This is horrible,” an irritated Lee told Devos.