President Donald Trump is asking Congress to cut almost $3 billion from the federal education budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, according to a document obtained by Politico.
The memo offers an in-depth look at some of the proposed cuts and program eliminations.
These latest cuts are in addition to next year’s proposed budget, which would see $9 million slashed from the U.S. Department of Education.
The cuts are intended to increase military spending and finance the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Congress must pass a plan to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year to avoid a partial government shut-down. As Bloomberg News reports, Congress is likely to reject the White House’s additional proposed budget cuts, which total nearly $18 million in all, making the prospect of a shutdown all the more real.
The proposed additional cuts would cut $1.3 billion from this year’s Pell grant surplus–this is on top of the cuts proposed for next year.
(Next page: More details on how the education budget would shrink under this latest proposal)
Title II, Part A funding, which helps ensure teacher and principal quality and preparedness through PD programs, would be cut in half this year. As previously reported, Trump’s FY 2018 budget would eliminate the program entirely.
“This program provides formula grants to States to improve instruction and reduce class sizes,” the document states. “Funding is poorly targeted and supports practices that are not evidence-based. Other funding at ED can be used to support improved instruction.”
The Striving Readers program, which helps fund literacy instruction in low-income schools, also faces elimination. “A recent study found that more than half of the reading interventions used by grantees had no effects on student achievement. Also, other funding at ED (e.g. Title I grants) can be used to support literacy instruction,” according to the document.
Under President Trump’s proposed FY 2018 education budget, school choice would receive a massive $1.4 billion while the Education Department undergoes a $9 billion, or 13 percent, cut.
Overall, the proposed education budget cuts the Education Department’s budget from $68 million to $59 billion.
Title I funds would receive a $1 billion increase, but the funds would follow individual students should they decide to change schools.
IDEA funding for programs that support students with special needs and disabilities would remain stable at $13 billion.
In a statement, AFT President Randi Weingarten said the proposed education budget “takes a meat cleaver to public education.”