education budget

As expected, Trump’s education budget prioritizes school choice

The proposed education budget would slash programs that support after-school initiatives and improving instruction

President Donald Trump on May 23 released details of his proposed FY 2018 education budget, which adamantly supports school choice and slashes funding for other major education programs and initiatives.

Under the education budget proposal, the Department of Education would see a 13 percent decrease in funding, down $9 billion to $59 billion in discretionary funding.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called the budget a “historic investment in America’s students,” noting that Trump is focused on giving more power back to states.

An official budget fact sheet identifies five major themes around the education budget:
• Expanding school choice, ensuring more children have an equal opportunity to receive a great education
• Maintaining strong support for the nation’s most vulnerable students
• Simplifying funding for postsecondary education
• Continuing to build evidence around educational innovation
• Eliminating or reducing department programs consistent with the limited federal role in education

Next page: What does the education budget cut, and what gets a funding boost?

Laura Ascione

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