The Trump Administration’s 2017 and 2018 education budget proposes some drastic cuts, most notably, the elimination of the $2.3 billion Title II-A (ESEA) funding and $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers program.

According to the administration, ESEA funding and 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs are ineffective and duplicative. But the budget documents (which consist of more than 27 volumes of artifacts) did not explain why they are ineffective (or with what they are duplicative), though there is no shortage of opinions on both sides of the debate.

This is our current reality. Outrage isn’t going to help, so I’m focusing...

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About the Author:

David Irwin is a managing Partner at Education Elements, a K-12 education consultancy serving as a trusted advisor to school districts across the US supporting their most important initiatives.