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Trump proposed education budget spells disaster for U.S. education system

 

Our children and families need your support more now than ever. Our new president is putting an all-out assault on public education! President Trump has chosen a billionaire and public school privatizer to be his Secretary of Education and her new budget proposal tells it all!

  • President Trump’s first budget seeks to slash the Education Department’s roughly $68 billion budget by $9 billion, or 13 percent in the coming fiscal year, whacking popular programs that help districts offer after-school programs, and hire and train teachers.
  • At the same time, it seeks a historic $1.4 billion federal investment in school choice, including new money for private school vouchers and charter schools, as well as directing $1 billion to follow students to the school of their choice.
  • The budget proposal would also get rid of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which is funded at more than $1 billion currently and finances after-school and extended-learning programs. Trump’s budget says both programs are spread too thin to be effective.
  • The proposal would set spending levels for federal fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1 and generally impacts the 2018-19 school year.
  • Trump is also pitching a $1.4 billion boost for school choice, which budget documents call a down payment on Trump’s campaign promise to pour $20 billion into expanding student options.
  • The charter school grant program, currently funded at $333 million, would get a sizeable increase of $168 million.
  • Trump is also proposing a new $250 million private school choice initiative that could provide vouchers for use at private schools, including religious schools.
  • Trump’s budget would reduce or eliminate more than 20 other programs, including the $190 Comprehensive Literacy Development Grant program, the successor to Striving Readers.
  • The proposal also takes aim at other college access programs. It would cut TRIO, which provides services to low-income children and first-generation college students, currently funded at  to $808 million. And it would slash Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (known as GEAR UP) from its current level of $322.8 million to $219 million.

 

“Trump’s budget blueprint would harm not just public schools, but the future of the American workforce”, said former Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., now the president of the Education Trust, an advocacy group for disadvantaged students.

“If this proposal were enacted, all students, particularly students of color and low-income students, throughout the entire continuum of our education system would suffer, as would the nation’s businesses who desperately need a skilled workforce to be successful,” King said in a statement.

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The Trump Era spells doom for public education unless we fight back.

We know that education is a Human Right,

but unfortunately we have to fight for it!

 

As active citizens, members of the Dignity in Schools campaign, the Journey for Justice Alliance and the #WeChoose Campaign we will not sit back quietly while our children’s future is compromised.

 

By supporting Racial Justice NOW! As a Monthly Sustainer, your monthly donation will help us to:

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