During Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s appearance before a House subcommittee last week, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) may have thought her question to DeVos would demonstrate her commitment to LGBT students in schools, but what it really did was highlight why school choice should never be a federal program in the states.Following the release of the Trump administration’s education budget, DeVos reiterated her support for school choice to a House Appropriations subcommittee. Though the secretary emphasized the necessity to reduce the federal education budget by $9 billion – or 13 percent – she also allowed for the use of federal taxpayer funds for school choice programs. “[T]his budget refocuses the Department on supporting States and school districts in their efforts to provide high-quality education to all our students,” the secretary said.” In Clark’s question to DeVos, the congresswoman introduced the situation of the Lighthouse Christian Academy, a private school in Indiana that already accepts vouchers. Clark stated the school is “approved to discriminate against LGBT students” because its profile demonstrates that its biblical lifestyle prohibits: Heterosexual activity outside of one man-one-woman marriage. For example, premarital sex, cohabitation, or adultery (John 8:1-11; I Corinthians 6:9-20; Hebrews 13:4); Clark asked what the federal… Read full this story
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