Education Secretary Betsy DeVos takes heat over voucher discrimination question

Betsy DeVos, Erica Navarro

Betsy DeVos faced an onslaught of criticism today over the federal education budget proposal that seeks to reduce funding for schools by $9 billion.

The criticism was ramped up over her response to a question about whether her office would intervene to stop a private school receiving taxpayer money from discriminating against students.

DeVos, the U.S. secretary of education, spent nearly two hours testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.  DeVos, an ardent supporter of school choice, is from western Michigan.

The meeting was the beginning of the process of approving funding for the Department of Education.