Thursday, May 18, 2017

Betsy DeVos should know robbing Peter to pay Paul is a sin in education - The Hechinger Report

Betsy DeVos should know robbing Peter to pay Paul is a sin in education - The Hechinger Report:
Betsy DeVos should know robbing Peter to pay Paul is a sin in education
Education budget could end proven programs in favor of perilous policies


President Trump’s full education budget cuts funding for college work-study programs in half, eliminates public-service loan forgiveness and takes away hundreds of millions of dollars that schools use for mental health services and advanced coursework in order to pay for one of his campaign promises – more school choice, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Trump and his besieged education secretary Betsy DeVos would rob Peter, the public schools, to pay the Paul of charter schools and vouchers. Specifically, the administration plans to spend approximately “$400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies,” the Post reports.
Work-study provides low-income students the opportunity of a part-time job that helps pay for school. By limiting work hours and offering many on-campus job options, work-study increases the likelihood of graduation and reduces indebtedness. Public-service loan forgiveness also reduces indebtedness that burdens low-income students while encouraging college graduates to seek jobs in areas of critical need, including education and public health.
It’s a budget that justifies the instincts of the Bethune-Cookman College graduates who turned their backs to DeVos when she spoke at their commencement. The cuts the administration is proposing proves Trump and DeVos don’t have interests of these students at heart.
DeVos should know that taking away real income, job opportunities and community development resources from the people who need it Betsy DeVos should know robbing Peter to pay Paul is a sin in education - The Hechinger Report:


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