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Trump budget cuts would impact Texas education services

March 17, 2017

 

Trump budget cuts would impact Texas education services According to the Texas Tribune, “President Trump's proposed budget would cut about $14 million from Texas programs designed to provide tutoring, mentorship and counseling for low-income students.”

 

Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for 20 agencies and cuts funding from many departments, including a $9 billion (13.5 percent) cut for the U.S. Department of Education.

 

NPR shared more information on what the budget would add, cut and eliminate from the Education Department:

 

Added

  • A $168 million increase for charter schools, currently funded at over $300 million annually.

  • $250 million for an unspecified "new private school choice program," which may be vouchers. The budget proposal states that total school choice funding will eventually reach the level Trump mentioned in the campaign: $20 billion. (Tax credit scholarships, another potential vehicle to fund private school choice, would be implemented through tax reform, and are not mentioned in this budget plan).

  • A $1 billion increase for Title I, which provides funding to high-poverty schools. This increase would be dedicated to promoting and increasing school choice.

Eliminated

  • The $2.25 billion Supporting Effective Instruction program, also known as Title II, Part A. This grant program for states was designated to better recruit, support and train educators, particularly for high-need schools.

  • The $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which provided before- and after-school enrichment, tutoring and other services.

  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program, which provides $732 million in need-based aid for college students.

Cut

  • $193 million from TRIO and GEARUP, programs that help prepare low-income, first-generation and disabled students for college, starting in middle school.

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