On May 23, President Trump released his budget request for FY2018. As we expected, the Trump-DeVos budget is devastating for students and our nation’s public schools. This budget reduces opportunities for the students most in need, includes painful cuts to after school programs, funds private school vouchers, and makes college less affordable. This approach is reckless and misguided. We should be investing in what we know works and that means providing adequate resources to our neighborhood public schools and in programs and services that help all students regardless of their zip code.
Importantly, the Trump/DeVos education budget already has received pushback from members of Congress, including Appropriators of both parties who will soon begin the process of actually crafting funding bills. Want to take action today? Call 1-855-764-1010 and tell Congress to reject this budget!
- Cuts $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives
- Cuts Title I by $578 million
- Cuts IDEA by $113 million
- Eliminates at least 22 programs
- Ends public service loan forgiveness program
- Calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to the Department of Education (13.6 percent cut from FY2017)
The priorities President Trump outlined in his budget are reckless and wrong for students and working families. If enacted, the Trump budget will crush the dreams of students, deprive millions of opportunities, and make it harder for students to access higher education.
Take Action!!! Please join NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia in urging Congress to oppose cuts to education funding and reject the Trump/DeVos budget proposal by sending a message to your member of Congress.
From President Eskelsen Garcia’s press statement:
“The Trump-DeVos budget is a wrecking ball aimed at our nation’s public schools. Their budget shows how dangerously ill-informed they are about what works for students and in public education. Their reckless and irresponsible budget would smash the aspirations of students, crush their dreams, and make it difficult for them to go to college and get ahead.