As expected, Trump’s education budget prioritizes school choice

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.…Read More

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5 major ways Trump’s proposed education budget would impact schools, students

If “near-final” documents obtained by The Washington Post are true, education would see deep cuts to the tune of more than $10 billion under President Donald Trump’s education budget. The budget is set to be released as early as Tuesday.

The Washington Post reports that funding for federal K-12 and higher-education initiatives and programs would vanish or be redirected.

The education budget documents indicate that the administration would direct some of the savings from large cuts to various programs to school choice programs instead.…Read More

4 things DeVos said during her ASU+GSV keynote

During her keynote address at the annual ASU+GSV Summit in Utah, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos didn’t stray too far from her usual focus topics.

DeVos covered a range of familiar education topics, and she also touched on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a key federal higher-education law that has languished for years during talks of reauthorization.

Despite ASU+GSV serving as a good platform for DeVos to talk about educational technology and innovation, she instead focused on school choice and reducing the federal role in education.…Read More

Urgent: 3 reasons to track Trump’s latest education moves

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to limit the federal government’s role in U.S. education and to return much of that control to states.

The order directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to conduct a 300-day review of K-12 education programs. She then will compile a report indicating which programs or actions overreached. DeVos also is an advocate for local control of education.

Many of Trump’s supporters have long denounced the federal government’s role in education.…Read More