DeVos Must Defend These Devastating Education Cuts

 As Secretary DeVos prepares to testify on Trump’s education budget in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee at 10AM this morning, here is a look at some of the many devastating cuts she will have to defend:


Trump’s budget would cut the Education Department’s budget by $9.2 billion – or 13.5 percent.


NPR: “President Trump’s full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education, according to documents released by the White House.”


Trump’s budget would eliminate loan forgiveness for public servants.


New York Times: “It would eliminate loan programs that subsidize college education for the poor and those who take jobs in government or nonprofit organizations.”


Trump’s budget would eliminate loan programs that subsidize college education for low-income students and stop subsidizing interest on student loans.


Insider Higher Ed: “The White House estimates that $143 billion would be saved over a decade by allowing the Perkins Loan program to expire and phasing out subsidized federal student loans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness after next year.”


NPR: “The federal government would stop subsidizing the interest on student loans, for a cut of $1 billion in the next fiscal year. This would add thousands of dollars to the cost of college, primarily for low-income graduates.”


Trump’s budget would nearly halve the work-study program that helps students work their way through college.


Associated Press: “The budget also proposed to nearly halve the federal work-study program to $500 million. The program provides funding to colleges and universities to create jobs for students, which help them pay tuition.”


Trump’s budget eliminates a program providing on-campus childcare for low-income parents pursuing a college degree.


Politico: “Campus childcare: Parents pursuing a college degree who might have grown accustomed to bringing their children to campus would have to look elsewhere for childcare as the administration would get rid of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, which provides on-campus childcare for low-income parents. Budget documents say the $15 million program ‘provides an important service,’ but ‘subsidizing expenses associated with child care is not consistent with the Department’s mission.’”


Trump’s budget would eliminate after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, primarily from low-income families.


NPR: “The Education Department faces a 13.5 percent cut in spending, including the elimination of $1.2 billion in after-school programs and a $2.3 billion program to reduce class sizes and train teachers.”


Washington Post: “The cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, some of which Trump outlined in March. Gone, for example, would be $1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.”


Trump’s budget would cut teacher training programs by $2.1 billion while special education programs would see a decline in funding as well.


Education Week: “The biggest single line-item to be eliminated is $2.1 billion for supporting teacher development and reducing class size under Title II.”


Education Week: “Grants for special education, which also go out by formula, get $12.7 billion in Trump’s budget, a decline of about $112 million from the amount in the fiscal 2017 budget deal.”


Trump’s budget would decimate funding for arts, foreign language and gifted student programs.


Detroit Free Press: “Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants. The $277 million in funding would be eliminated. The program funds activities that support educational opportunities such as the arts and STEM programs, safe and healthy students, and the effective use of technology.”


Politico: “Foreign language studies: The administration says it is “unclear” whether international education and foreign language studies are ‘consistent’ with the Education Department’s ‘core mission’ and wants to do away with $65 million in funding for the programs.”


New York Times: “The education budget calls for cutting about $9 billion, or 13 percent of the department’s funding, from about 20 programs, including the Special Olympics for students with disabilities, after-school programs for low-income students and programs for gifted students.”


Trump’s budget slashes funding for the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights and does not dedicate any money for a fund that supports anti-bullying initiatives.


Los Angeles Times: “The $9.2 billion in cuts represent a 13.5% drop from the U.S. Department of Education’s 2017 budget of $68.2 billion. It includes a $2-million cut to the Office for Civil Rights, the group responsible for enforcing civil rights law in the nation’s schools.”


USA Today: “Trump is also proposing cutting childcare for low-income parents attending college and eliminating a fund that underwrites anti-bullying programs, Advanced Placement courses and STEM coursework. He’d keep the same level of funding — $492 million — for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other ‘minority-serving’ colleges.”


Trump’s budget eliminates grant programs for groups educating native Hawaiian and Alaska native students.


Politico: “Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native education programs: The administration wants to eliminate roughly $65 million through two competitive grant programs for groups educating Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native students.”


Trump’s budget takes funding from disadvantage students to pay for school choice.


Los Angeles Times: “It would use part of a funding stream for disadvantaged kids to pay for school choice. The federal program known as Title I pays for services for low-income students. The Trump administration is proposing to use $1 billion in Title I money to pay for a new school-choice program. The $550-million increase in Title I that a recent budget deal gave states would be cut from their shares of the regularly scheduled funding formula moving forward.”


Trump’s budget adds over a billion dollars to expand charter and voucher programs, while slashing funding from traditional public schools.


Associated Press: “For elementary and secondary education, the budget seeks to expand charter and voucher-type programs for private schools around the country. It calls for an additional $1 billion in funds to encourage school districts to advance choice options, $250 million in scholarships to low-income families to attend private schools and $167 million to start or expand charter schools.”