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Trump Budget Would Deprive Students

Mar 21, 2017

Michigan would lose more than $150 million in education funding under the Trump administration's budget plan unveiled last week, which would slash federal investment in public education programs by a whopping 13.5 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget calls for $9 billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Education, which would roll back funding to pre-2002 levels even though public preK-12 and postsecondary enrollment has increased by 8.6 million students since 2001. 

The spending plan would eliminate three programs to states that provide education funding to help in recruiting, hiring, training, supporting, and retaining highly effective teachers; provide after-school programs; and offer grant assistance to low-income students pursuing post-secondary education.

"The priorities Donald Trump outlined in his budget are reckless and wrong for students and families," said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. "If enacted, the Trump budget will crush the dreams of students and deprive millions of opportunities."  Read More.