Reporters from the Washington Post have gained access to an Education Department document that details deep cuts to many popular programs and renewed support for vouchers and school choice.
Trump’s outline is far from the final budget that will be enacted. Congress is charged with appropriating funds and, while the president will ultimately sign off on the final budget, his suggestions may or may not make it into the final draft.
TrumpAccountable.org is dedicated to shining a light on the policies and priorities that Donald Trump and his administration are promoting – particularly as they have an impact on Americans. The rough outline of the Trump/Devos budget points to five priorities:
- The budget outline takes funds from existing programs to create incentives for local schools to fund school choice and voucher programs. Specifically, about $400 million will go to charter schools (including vouchers for private and religious schools) and $1 billion dollars will go to communities to encourage them to enact school choice programs.
- The budget proposal cuts a new Obama administration program geared toward loan forgiveness for graduates who pursue careers as doctors, lawyers, teachers, or social workers in rural areas.
- While Pell Grants would be largely untouched, $700 million dedicated to Perkins loans are slated to be eliminated.
- The budget calls for an increase in Education Department salaries and expenses by $158 million even though the proposal would cut only 150 positions at the department.
- The net cut to the Education department would be $9.2 billion.
For a candidate who ran on a pledge to simplify and slim down government, it’s telling that Trump’s cuts to the programs that serve Americans – particularly those in rural and poor parts of the country – equal $9.2 billion yet the department needs $158 million more to deliver fewer programs to fewer Americans.