US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is defending

first_imgU.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is defending proposed budget cuts for education programs including the Special Olympics, after-school programs and additional support for students from low-income families.About 272,000 children would be affected by the Special Olympics cut, including hundreds of children in Tuscaloosa.On Thursday, the Sipsey Valley High School football field was full of parents, students and faculty watching secondary education students have the time of their lives at their first-ever Tuscaloosa County Special Olympics event. But despite the proposed cuts, parents and faculty said there’s nothing stopping them from keeping the program alive because of all the joy it brings.Faculty and secondary education students worked all year to make Thursday’s event happen. The competitions showcase what the students can do, but it’s also a great chance for them to get out of the classroom and have fun.“It’s always great to come out here and see the families cheering for their kids, and they’re trying to please their fans and the people who are cheering for them,” said Tuscaloosa County Special Education Teacher Joey Milligan. “They’re just out here having a good time.”last_img

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