2018 Federal Education Budget Proposes Significant Cuts to Traditional Public School Funding, Increases for School Choice

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, May 24, 2017

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Education Budget with nearly $5 billion in cuts to eliminate or reduce current programs used by public schools, and $1 billion to promote school choice. Overall, the budget is 13% less than last year.

Among the programs and grants proposed to be eliminated are:

  • Before- and after-school and summer programs ($1.16 billion).
  • Literacy development grants for children birth to 12th grade ($190 million).
  • State grants for professional development programs and class size reduction would be eliminated ($2.34 billion).
  • Academic enrichment grants for arts and STEM programs, safe and healthy students, and effective use of technology ($277 million).
  • The Teacher Quality Partnership program ($43 million).

NSBA Executive Director and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel released the following statement in response:

"President Trump’s proposed $9.2 billion cut to education initiatives will deliver a devastating blow to the country’s public education system if enacted by Congress. The proposed cut is a disinvestment in schoolchildren that harms students and the country.

"Over 50 million children attend public schools and our primary mission should be supporting their education. Funding for teacher training, career and technical education, student support services and innovative programs that boost college and career readiness are urgently needed, especially as neighborhood public schools continue to cope with financial challenges.

"The proposed budget disregards the need to prepare students so they can lead fulfilling and secure lives and secure the country’s economic future. Proposals for vouchers, tuition tax credits, and the Title I portability will not advance student learning or help close achievement and opportunity gaps. They will, however, effectively redirect taxpayers’ dollars from public to private schools, effectively creating a second system of taxpayer-funded education.

"NSBA is committed to keeping public schools as a top priority in the upcoming budget deliberations. The Association will vigorously oppose the cuts proposed by the Administration."

Additional Articles:

School Choice Wins, Public Schools Take Deep Cuts in Trump Budget Plan (Detroit Free Press)

Trump Budget Would Slash Education Dept. Spending, Boost School Choice (Education Week)

Opposition to Trump's Education Budget Mounts (U.S. News and World Report)

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