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Proposed Education Budget Cuts

The Washington Post  reports the new proposed Federal education budget “calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to the department, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month… They obtained documents dated May 23rd that show proposed Trump/DeVos education budget cuts from at least 22 programs, eliminating:

  • $1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor
  • $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction
  • $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college
  • $27 million arts education program
  • Two programs targeting Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, totaling $65 million
  • two international education and foreign language programs, $72 million
  • a $12 million program for gifted students
  • $12 million for Special Olympics education programs.

Other programs would not be eliminated entirely, but would be cut significantly include:

  • Grants to states for career and technical education, which would lose $168 million, down 15 percent compared to current funding
  • Adult basic literacy instruction, which would lose $96 million (down 16 percent)
  • Promise Neighborhoods, an Obama-era initiative meant to build networks of support for children in needy communities, which would lose $13 million (down 18 percent).

The Trump administration would dedicate no money to a fund for student support and academic enrichment that is meant to help schools pay for, among other things:

  • Mental-health services
  • Anti-bullying initiatives
  • Physical education
  • Advanced Placement courses and science and engineering instruction. Congress created the fund, which totals $400 million this fiscal year, by rolling together several smaller programs. Lawmakers authorized as much as $1.65 billion, but the administration’s budget for it in the next fiscal year is zero”

Elizabeth Warren summarized in the YouTube video that the Trump/DeVos budget would virtually eliminate after-school programs; teacher training; class size reduction; school arts programs; physical education programs; foreign language programs; education technology; mental health services; and bullying initiatives