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Trump education budget slashes public school funds

The Trump administration’s proposed education budget strips $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives and channels part of those savings into so-called “school choice” programs, including $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. The budget allocates another $1 billion in Title I funding to pressure public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.

The spending proposal cuts or eliminates dozens of education programs. Funding for college work-study programs is cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness ends, and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services vanishes. 

Also on the chopping block is $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 programs. The proposed budget eliminates a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college and a $27 million arts education program.

The budget proposal is expected to meet with resistance in Congress.

The Washington Post, May 17

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