Betsy DeVos Is Demanding Taxpayer Money For Religious Schools

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued last week that religious schools should benefit from public funding.

Last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited two New York City schools – neither of them a public school – and spoke before Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and other prominent Catholics, making a strong statement in favor of public funding for religious schools.Via Progressive Secular Humanist:

Speaking about her desire to use taxpayer money to support religious schools, DeVos told her audience:

I know very well there are powerful interests that want to deprive families their God-given freedom. I know that those sycophants of ‘the system’ have kept legislators here from enacting a common-sense program that would open options to thousands of kids in need.

DeVos also took aim at Blaine Amendments – “constitutional provisions in 38 of the 50 state constitutions in the United States that forbid direct government aid to educational institutions that have a religious affiliation.”

*As many of you know, the Supreme Court ruled in last year’s Trinity Lutheran case that it was unconstitutional for a playground restoration program funded by state-taxpayers to exclude a school ‘simply because of what it is – a church.’

These amendments should be assigned to the ash heap of history…*

DeVos essentially has argued for dismantling the separation between church and state, but this should come as a surprise to no one:

Previously, when asked about spending taxpayer dollars on private and religious schools, DeVos declared:

There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education…[versus] what is currently being spent every year on education in this country… Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s Kingdom.

Read DeVos’s full speech here.