DeVos Budget Brings Class War to the Classroom

DeVos Budget Brings Class War to the Classroom

The proposal, which must be sent to Congress for approval, depicts a collection of the 45th president's priorities alongside Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The Washington Post reports the new education budget from the Trump administration would "cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives". "We never set it up in a way so that those funds could be diverted to support private schools", he said.

As New York Magazine writes, a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college.

Larsen's bill is created to support students starting in high school, through an associate's degree and into an apprenticeship, thus helping them become "job-ready" quickly and effectively.

Cuts would affect college work-study programs, public-service loan forgiveness, funding for mental health programs, and advanced coursework, with the elimination of at least 22 programs.

The documents obtained by the Post - dated May 23, the day the president's budget is expected to be released - outline the rest of the cuts, including a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college; a $27 million arts education program; two programs targeting Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, totaling $65 million; two worldwide education and foreign language programs, $72 million; a $12 million program for gifted students; and $12 million for Special Olympics education programs. These programs serve nearly two million children, most of whom are from poor families. Grants for career and technical education would be cut by $168 million; paired with the cuts to college financial aid, such cuts will drastically reduce options for a significant number of students who wish to pursue either a university degree or a career in the skilled trades. He said he hopes the Trump administration, if it chooses to eliminate the program, will grandfather in those like him who've been paying into the program for years.

Title I funds, which help poor children, and special education funding will neither be increased nor cut by the budget. The Trump administration's budget proposal is but a first, coordinated attack upon public education while benefiting the privatized school companies, for whom George W. Bush and Barack Obama opened the door, at the expense of quality education for working class children-and most especially for impoverished children. Certainly this is a start, but in the terms of a projected Department of Education budget of $59 billion, the amount of money spent on non-public schools is a drop in the bucket.

DeVos previously chaired the group, and is a longstanding champion of tax credit scholarships and vouchers. Those cuts will likely come from eliminating the school choice money and a few other items, in order to allow Congress to claim victory over deficit spending without having to make the toughest choices.

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