The Trump/DeVos FY2019 budget proposal slashed education funding by $2.6 billion and undermined public education by diverting $1.5 billion for private school vouchers and similar schemes while at the same time eliminating funding for critical programs including Preschool Development Grants, Title II, 21st Century Learning Centers, and Full-Service Community Schools, among others.
However, both the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education committees flatly rejected education secretary DeVos’ cuts to important programs like Title II, among others, when they passed their bills. And, for the first time in years, the Senate is poised to take up the Labor-HHS-Education bill ahead of the House. Paired with the FY2019 Defense bill, the Senate is working to bring to this “minibus” to the floor for a vote in August. (Reminder: The House is on recess until September 4, 2018.)
As the Senate works to finalize and pass the FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education bill, we urge Congress to prioritize education funding increases for critical programs like those targeting students most in need to help insure that all students have access to a high-quality education, including Title I, IDEA, After-school 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and English-language learners.
To realize the full potential of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in its first full year of implementation, Congress must provide adequate resources for successful implementation at the state and local level – something that cannot happen if Congress limits investments in Title I and IDEA, or slashes essential programs like Title II, which the Trump/DeVos budget eliminated.