Trump's Leaked Education Budget Proves Problematic For Essential Programs

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The documents obtained by The Post - dated May 23, the day the president's budget is expected to be released - outline the rest of the cuts, including a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college; a $27 million arts education program; two programs targeting Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, totaling $65 million; two global education and foreign language programs, $72 million; a $12 million program for gifted students; and $12 million for Special Olympics education programs.

"By dramatically slashing funding from important initiatives, such as after-school programs, teacher training, student loans, and the Office of Civil Rights, this budget will set students back, not put them ahead", Booker continued. Another $490 million would be cut from the work-study program. This fund assists schools with mental health services, physical education, Advanced Placement courses and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction.

Another cut affecting low income college students would eliminate a $15 million program that provides childcare for low-income parents attending college.

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Title I funds, which help poor children, and special education funding will neither be increased nor cut by the budget.

In addition, the budget would channel $1 billion of Title I funding to a new grant program.

In short, the new education budget would decimate public education, while providing big dollars for private religious schools. Those cuts will likely come from eliminating the school choice money and a few other items, in order to allow Congress to claim victory over deficit spending without having to make the toughest choices. 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.

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When the Congress develops the 2018 budget, it needs to ignore President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to public education and send a strong message that American public education needs to be strengthened, not weakened.

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 previously served as the chairwoman of The American Federation for Children, where she advocated for tax credits and scholarships.

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Though Trump and DeVos are proponents of local control, their proposal to use federal dollars to entice districts to adopt school-choice policies is reminiscent of the way the Obama administration offered federal money to states that agreed to adopt its preferred education policies through a program called Race to the Top.

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