While the first budget to come out of this administration is likely to face much scrutiny in Congress, it is important to understand the priorities of this administration when it comes to public education:
Here are the proposed cuts:
Grants to states for teacher training
– $2.4 billion
Grants to colleges for teacher preparation
– $43 million
– $66 million
SEOG program for low-income college students
– $732 million
– $3.9 billion
Here are the proposed additions:
+ $1.4 billion
Title I Portability
+ $1 billion
Charter Schools (50% above the current level)
+ $168 million
Private school choice (allowing public money used for private or parochial schools)
+ $250 million
The proposed budget cuts programs which support teacher training, after school programs, and grants for low-income first generation college students. The budged also adds an additional $1 billion for Title I, however the funds would encourage districts to adopt a controversial form of choice: Allowing local, state and federal funds to follow children to whichever public school they choose.
This administration wants to reduce or eliminate programs which support students seeking a quality education, while allowing public money to be used for private or religious education. While much of this will be hashed out in Congress, the priorities are very clear. Stay tuned. More to come on the budget.
These are my reflections for today.