Trump, DeVos Education Budget: Cuts Could Hurt College Students the Most


Although the final proposal isn't expected to be released until next week, representatives from the Department of Education have shared "near-final" documents with the Post.

The proposed budget would also reshape financial aid programs that help 12 million students pay for college.

Finally, they plan to cut the loan forgiveness program, which was instituted in 2007 as a way to encourage matriculating students to enter careers in public service.

The $10.6 billion in cuts outlined in the budget would come from eliminating at least 22 programs and cutting others, while increasing funding for charter and private schools.

"It seems nearly unethical that you're willing to now turn your back on folks who've sought these career choices, all the while believing that they would get some of their loan debt forgiven, to now suddenly say, 'no, we're just going to do away with it, '" he said. Another $250 million will be spent on "Education Innovation and Research Grants", which would be dedicated for expanding school vouchers for private schools and for studying the impacts of these vouchers. At the very time that we should be investing in education to prepare students for the high-level jobs in areas such as cybersecurity, health care and information technology, this budget reduces or eliminates funding for many programs including college work-study, teacher training and student after-school programs.

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Documents obtained by The Washington Post show that President Donald Trump wants to cut $10 billion in school programs. The Trump administration's budget proposal is but a first, coordinated attack upon public education while benefiting the privatized school companies, for whom George W. Bush and Barack Obama opened the door, at the expense of quality education for working class children-and most especially for impoverished children. When it comes to education, those are the swamp critters to watch out for, and budget time is when they're most risky.

The good news is that the budget for K-12 education, special education and Title I funds for low-income children would remain unchanged, except a new law now allows states to use Title I money for "school improvement" before distributing it to districts. FOCUS, or Furthering Options for Children to Unlock Success, would channel these grants to school districts that allow families to choose which public schools their children attend-the federal, state, and local funds set aside for those children would travel with them to the new school they choose.

In other words, more money for religious schools.

Notably, Trump is requesting "an additional $158 million for salaries and expenses in the Education Department".

DeVos previously chaired the group, and is a longstanding champion of tax credit scholarships and vouchers.