Donald Trump’s Disastrous Education Record
March 13, 2023
As Donald Trump parachutes into Iowa to deliver remarks about education policy in Davenport, DNC spokesperson Rhyan Lake released the following statement:
“Donald Trump’s record on education speaks for itself. As president, Trump put Betsy DeVos in charge and worked alongside her to try and gut public education funding every single year he was in office — all while pushing to move billions in taxpayer money to support private schools. Everyone will see right through Donald Trump’s desperate spin about his own record as the GOP field races to out-MAGA each other at the expense of America’s kids.”
Here’s the real story on Donald Trump’s failed education record:
Donald Trump proposed slashing billions in funding from the Department of Education — every single year he was in office.
Inside Higher Education: “President Trump called for a $7.1 billion cut to funding at the Education Department with a proposed budget that retreads familiar higher education ideas for this White House…
The proposal marks the third straight year that President Trump has asked Congress for major cuts to education spending — the proposal would mean a 12 percent cut for the Education Department from fiscal year 2019 — and to overall discretionary expenditures.”
New York Times: “[Trump’s FY21] budget proposes cutting the Education Department’s funding by 7.8 percent, to $66.6 billion.”
Donald Trump appointed extreme conservative mega donor Betsy DeVos to head up the Department of Education during his administration.
Washington Post: “Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, is not just a prospective Cabinet member seeking confirmation from the U.S. Senate.
She is also a billionaire Republican donor whose family’s donations have funded the campaigns of many of the senators now tasked with voting on her nomination, including members of the committee overseeing her confirmation hearing, scheduled for Wednesday.”
Donald Trump and DeVos worked to undermine America’s public schools and push billions in taxpayer money towards private education.
Washington Post: “More than $1 billion would be spent on private school vouchers and other school choice plans under the budget proposal released Monday by President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The proposal also calls for slashing the Education Department’s budget and devoting more resources to career training, at the expense of four-year colleges and universities.”