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Trump administration proposes education cuts again

The Trump administration’s budget proposal for 2020, released on March 11, includes a $7.1 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Education. This is the third time the White House has sought to slash education funding. Though Congress has largely ignored the administration’s previous attempts at deep cuts and is expected to rebuff these proposals as well, the document demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the privatization agenda of Betsy DeVos, its education secretary.

The Trump budget proposal eliminates a host of federal programs, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness initiative that many public school teachers rely on to reduce their student debt. Title II, which funds professional pathways and preparation for teachers, would also be cut.

Instead, the administration requests $60 million for federal charter school grants and expands Pell Grant availability to short-term credential programs over two- and four-year colleges.
 

The Atlantic, March 11

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