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Fri May 19, 2017, 05:42 PM

 

Trumps Education Budget Feeds School Privatization At The Expense of Students

By Jeff Bryant | May 19, 2017

The vision of “education reform” coming from the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos entails cutting direct aid to students, especially those from low-income families, in order to expand the private sector’s financial footprint in education.

That at least is what’s reflected by a leaked budget document obtained by The Washington Post.

As The Post reports, deep spending cuts — a net $9.2 billion or 13.6 percent — called for in the document sever funding to many “long-standing programs” and federal government supports that largely serve children and youth from low-income households. At the same time, more money would go to incentivize “alternatives to traditional public schools” at the K-12 level and increase the costs of college loans, a federal program with significant ties to the financial services industry.

A glaring example of this pivot to the private sector is the plan’s cuts to programs that make public schools attractive options for parents, especially in low-income communities, while boosting federal support for “school choice” that incentivizes parents to turn to charter schools and private schools instead.

http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-education-budget-school-privatization/

DeVos: Another cabinet member determined to destroy that which she's supposed to represent. Sickening!

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