education budget

#2: 5 major ways Trump’s proposed education budget would impact schools, students

As rumors about school choice programs fly, new education budget documents reveal deep cuts to federal programs.

1. School choice: The administration would spend about $400 million to increase charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, according to the article. Another $1 billion would encourage public schools to embrace “choice-friendly policies.”

2. Title I: Trump’s education budget would direct $1 billion in Title I funding to a grant program that lets students choose which public school they attend, meaning their federal, state and local dollars follow them. The fund, according to The Washington Post, aims to “do away with neighborhood attendance zones that the administration says trap needy kids in struggling schools.”

3. Public Student Loan Forgiveness: This program could become a thing of the past under the new education budget. Trump has alluded to this before in campaign speeches, and as Money notes, the first group of borrowers under the program, created under President George W. Bush in 2007, will be eligible for loan forgiveness this year.

4. Student support and enrichment: As The Washington Post article outlines, the administration would allocate no funding to help schools pay for mental health and anti-bullying services, Advanced Placement courses, and more. The fund, which was created by Congress and totaled $400 million this year, would be zeroed out in the next fiscal year.

5. HBCUs: Despite Trump’s high-profile meetings with HBCU leaders, those institutions would not receive additional dollars, and funding levels would remain the same.

Laura Ascione

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