Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump budget would result in loss of hundreds of millions in education dollars to California | EdSource

Trump budget would result in loss of hundreds of millions in education dollars to California | EdSource:
Trump budget would result in loss of hundreds of millions in education dollars to California

Even as his proposed 2017-18 budget calls for increasing funding for “school choice” programs, President Trump is proposing to cut programs that will result in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal support to California for early learning programs, K-12 schools, teacher preparation and retention, and college student aid.
If Congress were to agree to this proposals, the cuts would come as part of deep budget reductions Trump is seeking in numerous federal departments and agencies, while greatly increasing spending on defense and homeland security.  All states would feel the cuts.  Because of its size, California receives the largest amount in federal support and therefore would feel the cuts to the greatest extent.
Consistent with longstanding Republican policy positions to shrink the U.S. Department of Education, he is proposing to reduce its budget by 13 percent, or $9 billion, while investing an additional $1.4 billion in “school choice” programs. That would include increased support for charter schools and a new  $250 million “school choice” proposal for private schools.
One major program Trump is proposing to eliminate is the $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction Grants program, also known as Title II Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. It is intended to improve teacher preparation and recruit and retain high quality teachers.
California currently receives $252 million from this grant fund. Trump’s budget described the programs as “poorly targeted and spread thinly across thousands Trump budget would result in loss of hundreds of millions in education dollars to California | EdSource:

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