The most recent budget request from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos cuts funds from Special Olympics, after-school programs, and support for students from low-income families.
Devos proposed a 12 percent overall decrease in funding for the Education Department for fiscal year 2020.
“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” DeVos said.
The proposed budget maintains the same level of funding for core special education programs, including grants to states under the department’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Even when Republicans controlled both the Senate and House, lawmakers have rejected previous cuts proposed by DeVos, voting to increase the education department budget instead.