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Trump and DeVos education cuts "reckless and wrong"

20 May 2017

The administration also wants to dedicate $250 million on "Education Innovation and Research Grants, which would pay for expanding and studying the impacts of vouchers for private and religious schools".

The budget being finalized by DeVos' Education Department proposes both of those cuts and more, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post: After-school programs serving mostly poor children, gifted education, art education, career and technical education, mental-health services, Advanced Placement and math and science courses, even Special Olympics programs - all would feel the knife, a total of $10.6 billion in education cuts.

The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to department spending, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. At the same time, $158 million is proposed for salaries and expenses at the DoED; among these expenses are expanded student loan "servicing" (i.e., collections) and increased security for education secretary Betsy DeVos, who spurned the in-house security team, contracting instead with the US Marshals. It is likely to meet resistance on Capitol Hill because of strong constituencies seeking to protect current funding, ideological opposition to vouchers and fierce criticism of DeVos, a longtime Republican donor who became a household name during a bruising Senate confirmation battle.

Nevertheless, Title I portability is based on the general principle that education funding should "follow the child" - a misguided practice many Democrats espouse also - so it continues to live on in the foundation of all school choice initiatives.

In January, she was chased away from the first public school in Washington, D.C., that she visited (as seen in the photo above).

Graduates arrive for commencement at the University of California, Berkeley, in Berkeley, United States May 16, 2015. And their constituents would have plenty to say about chopping programs that aid the public schools on which they depend so that the president can have more money to leave his school-choice stamp on local districts. For one thing, this budgetary trick is not a zero-sum game of strictly cutting dollars from other areas and giving them to school choice programs.

Deepika Padukone at opening ceremony of Cannes Film Festival
Interestingly, Deepika's Day 1 red carpet appearance was quite impressive, and the worldwide media is now hopefully impressed. On a related note, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor will also make it to the red carpet, later in the week.

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"This is the first direct threat on ESSA opportunity and ESSA success", she said.

"This ill-advised proposal also completely undermines the intent of the bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act, which allows states to set aside up to 3 percent of Title II, Part A funds to invest in principal specific training and support".

Considering the Post's new transparently anti-Trump slogan is "Democracy Dies in Darkness", it's incredible how little light they shed on the issue between this story and a companion piece on higher education finance. Charter schools, on the other hand, can be a boon to families and students, as they largely have been in Los Angeles.

"I hope that it is dead on arrival in the House", Polis said.

Trump and DeVos education cuts