WASHINGTON, DC—Today, President Donald Trump released an outline of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 that proposes a cut of $9.2 billion from the U.S. Department of Education’s budget, or a 13.5 percent decrease that reduces funding from $68.2 billion to $59 billion. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“President Trump wants to make America great, but you can’t do that without investing in the nation’s future–its students.
“Like too many of the nation’s students, the president’s proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Education is in need of remediation. As states plan to implement the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, they need resources to fuel reform. This budget proposes cuts to investments in literacy, after-school programs, and programs that help students transition to and succeed in postsecondary education.
“In a knowledge-based economy, these education cuts begin building a wall preventing many millions of students from contributing fully to our nation’s economic growth.”
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, a career, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org