“Skinny” Federal Budget Boasts Billions in School Choice Spending & Cuts to Ed Department
March 17, 2017

Education leaders across the country are responding to both cuts and increases in President Trump’s newly released “skinny” budget. According to Ed Week, the President’s budget proposes a 13 percent, or $9 billion, cut to the U.S. Department of Education coupled with a historic $1.4 billion investment in charters and vouchers.

Several PIE Network partners shared their reactions following the preliminary budget release.

In a statement John B. King, CEO and President of The Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education, described devastating effects of cutting various financial aid programs to students and districts: “They would hurt low-income students trying to pay for college and prepare themselves for the workforce, educators seeking to improve their skills to better serve our nation’s young people, and the very schools responsible for educating our nation’s most vulnerable students.”

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) applauded the President’s investment in school choice. “This funding will allow more high-quality charter schools to open, expand, and replicate – and will help finance facilities for charter schools – so that more students have access to the great education they deserve,” NAPCS President and CEO Nina Reese said.

Educators for Excellence tweeted this, sharing insight from a California teacher’s experience with Title II funding—something that the President proposed cutting in his preliminary budget.

While the President is proposing double digit cuts to the federal education department, some states have recently made sizeable investments in education. Earlier this year, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a $114 million new and ongoing investment into K-12 education, and in Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced  $100 million for teacher pay raises in addition to more than $22 million to support the state’s growing English Language Learners population. However, other states like Oklahoma and Illinois continue to fight for additional increases in education spending.

If you’re interested in learning more about members working on finance issues in their states, please reach out.

Ashley Schmidt

Ashley is PIE Network's Senior Director of Member Engagement & Communications

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