a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.
There is only one federally funded school choice voucher program, in Washington D.C., and a recent Department of Education analysis found that the students in those charter schools performed worse on testing than children who attended public schools.
This budget will make going to college more expensive than it already is—not only be cutting work-study programs and public service loan forgiveness, but also by gutting advanced coursework like AP (Advanced Placement) and honors classes. AP classes in high school can equal college credit if you pass an AP exam.
Where would that money go? It will be funneled into religious schools and private for-profit schools. This will bleed our public schools of money, leading to those schools failing and then causing more cries for the private sector to take over education. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A more detailed list of the education cuts is even more horrifying.