(HAMILTON)- Tomorrow, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to attend Butler Tech’s “Signing Day” in which soon-to-graduates will announce which employers they will be working for upon graduation much like college sports prospects do. Before we respond to Devos’ visit, it’s important to straight the record straight so any coverage of this event does not mislead voters.
In each federal budget they have proposed, Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration has sought to cut Career and Technical Education (“CTE”) funding to provide more funding for vouchers for private schools and to otherwise reduce the U.S. Department of Education’s budget to address the rising deficits caused by the Trump Administration’s massive tax cuts predominantly benefitting corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Had DeVos and Trump had their way last year, Ohio would have lost over $3 million in federal grant funding for CTE right now, funding that has helped Butler Tech grow and help Butler County adapt to a changing labor market.
“It’s great that we’re recognizing the valuable skills Butler Tech students have learned. Butler County believes in hiring qualified people, even if the President apparently doesn’t when it comes to his Cabinet. It’s shameful that after years of unsuccessfully pushing to cut funding for education programs and worker retraining while protecting shady, for-profit schools that compete with Butler Tech, Secretary DeVos would come here. But maybe by doing so she’ll finally recognize why both parties in Congress have rejected her policies. I hope when she returns to Washington she’ll reverse course and stop pushing to cut worker training programs, cutting Butler Tech’s funding and stop advocating for policies that makes college less affordable for Butler County families,” said Brian Hester, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee.
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(HAMILTON)- The following statement is issued by Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chair Brian Hester in response to today’s visit by Mike DeWine’s running mate in Butler County: