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DeVos gets in heated debate over school discrimination

DeVos gets in heated debate over school discrimination
Posted at 11:03 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 08:00:07-04

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed budget on education.

DeVos and Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark got into a heated exchange over funding for schools that may discriminate against students.

"Would you say to Indiana that a school cannot discriminate against LGBT students if you want to receive federal dollars?" Clark said. "Or would you say the state has the flexibility in this situation? Yes or no?"

DeVos' answer has made rounds on social media.

"I believe states should continue to have flexibility in putting together programs," she said. "I go back to the bottom line is that we believe that parents are the best equipped to make choices for their children's schooling and education decisions, and too many children today are trapped in schools that don't work for them. We have to do something," she added at the end of the exchange.

Clark brought up the issue because Lighthouse Children Academy in Indiana receives more than $600,000 in state voucher funds, but denies access to students with LGBT parents.

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