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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.
“Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives,” Emma Brown, Valerie Strauss and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel wrote in the May 17 article.
As talk about department cuts and a focus on school choice ramp up, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to reveal more details about the administration’s focus on school choice during her speech at The American Federation of Children summit. DeVos is the the former chairwoman of the organization, which supports tax credit scholarships and vouchers.