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POCAN: Do you think it’s all right for a school to discriminate based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity?
DeVOS: We have laws that cover discriminatory efforts, and our Office for Civil Rights has continued to be very diligent in investigating any allegation of discrimination and will continue to do so.
POCAN: So is that a yes or is that a no? I’m trying to get a yes or no, I guess, on that.
DeVOS: We follow the law as defined. …
POCAN (interrupts her): So personally, you don’t have an opinion on it? … Because you are giving money to some charter schools that do discriminate. …
When Pocan asked whether she knew how many children would be affected by the elimination of federal funding to the Special Olympics, DeVos said she did not know.
"I’ll answer it for you, that's OK, no problem," Pocan said. "It’s 272,000 kids that are affected."
DeVos responded, "I think that the Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well."
Pocan at that point interrupted the education secretary to point out that the proposed budget includes a 26 percent reduction to state grants for special education and millions of dollars in cuts to programs for students who are blind.
After referring to his own nephews with autism, Pocan asked DeVos, "What is it that we have a problem with, with children who are in special education?"
She replied, “Supporting children with special needs, we have continued to hold that funding at a level amount and in the context of a budget proposal that is a 10 percent reduction."
The congressman stopped DeVos and claimed she was not answering his question.
Among the standout moments were Devos' inability to answer whether or not schools should be able to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity:
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: ColeYounger
Yet, it has also been shown that there are charter schools, that receive federal funding by the way, discriminating on the students they accept based on sexual orientation.