Lawmakers are demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Education after a key government special education website went down.
Betsy DeVos Confirmed, and IDEA Website Crashes. Just a Coincidence? HMM!
Even before Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, despite protests from disability rights and education advocates, the link leading to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mysteriously crashed. This begs the question, was the crash of this vital link, just a coincidence? Or, was it a subtle message to the disability community that our needs are going to be giving no priority under the Trump administration? Unfortunately, I suspect the latter option may be the answer.
One of the main reasons that such stiff opposition met the appointment of Betsy DeVos was that many people are concerned that her knowledge of disability issues, and other matters about public education, were sorely lacking. When she was questioned during her confirmation hearings about the IDEA, she just drew a blank stare and tried to avoid the question.
It was very apparent to anyone who saw the confirmation hearing that Betsy DeVos was clueless about what the IDEA was, or its significance to people with disabilities. When she was pressed on the question of the IDEA, Betsy DeVos tried to divert the questionnaire by saying, “these matters are best left to the States.” This answer was ridiculous!
Anyone who knows anything about the IDEA knows that it was a federal mandate passed in 1974 that guarantees people with disabilities, an equal chance at an equal education. To me personally, it was one of the primary reasons that I was able to attend college back in Pennsylvania in the late 70s. She should’ve known that, especially since she is the person who will be in charge of educating this country’s children, even those with disabilities.
Betsy DeVos is nothing more than just another one of Donald Trump’s unqualified members of his cabinet. She joins the ranks of quite a few others, in this respect.