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DeVos Defends Plan to Eliminate Special Olympics Funding

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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(AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday defended a proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, pushing back against a storm of criticism from athletes, celebrities and politicians who rallied to support the organization.

DeVos became a target on social media after Democrats slammed her plan to remove the group's funding as part of nearly $7 billion in budget cuts for next year. The Special Olympics received $17.6 million from the Education Department this year, roughly 10 percent of its overall revenue.