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Trump's Leaked Education Budget Proves Problematic For Essential Programs

Trump's Leaked Education Budget Proves Problematic For Essential Programs

The budget would drastically affect federal spending, eliminating Perkins loans, which aid lower income students through college, halve the number of work study opportunities, and is moving towards the end of subsidized loans. In general, she said she was deeply concerned about the message the budget proposal sends.

"It seems nearly unethical that you're willing to now turn your back on folks who've sought these career choices, all the while believing that they would get some of their loan debt forgiven, to now suddenly say, 'no, we're just going to do away with it, '" he said.

DeVos never attended public school.

The cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, some of which Trump outlined in March.

"More than 3.5 million children are now benefiting from charters and private choice programs, while millions more are demanding access to these same options", Tommy Schultz said in a statement. It would also cut funding completely for a program that helps schools pay for mental health services, anti-bullying initiatives, physical education and science and engineering instruction, among other things. Another $250 million will be spent on "Education Innovation and Research Grants", which would be dedicated for expanding school vouchers for private schools and for studying the impacts of these vouchers.

The Department of Education will allegedly dedicate $1 billion of the $10.6 billion cut to encouraging public schools to establish policies enabling school choice.

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Title I funds, which help poor children, and special education funding will neither be increased nor cut by the budget. That money would be added to the $15.9 billion that the Title I program will receive under the 2017 budget.

In short, the new education budget would decimate public education, while providing big dollars for private religious schools. In such a way, Title I money, along with other school funds, will migrate into wealthier districts at the expense of the districts for which the program was designed.

The public version of the budget is set to be released next week by the Trump administration and will need to pass Congress to take effect for next fiscal year.

In the meantime, the entire DoED will see workforce reductions of about 4 percent; about 150 positions will be scrapped by the proposed budget. DeVos has previously characterized federally-funded public education as "arcane" and ineffective; she has also headed an organization, the Acton Institute that advocated for the repeal of child labor laws.

While DeVos champions a school "choice" agenda, her proposal would actually create a federal program that would supersede state and local control of charter schools and voucher programs.


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