President Trump’s appointee for the Secretary of Education was a controversial pick. Betsy Devos was appointed to the position with unprecedented opposition. Much of the opposition stemmed from Devos’ lack of experience as an educator and her staunch support of privately funded, for-proﬁt Christian and charter schools.
Under Devos, Americans already have seen major proposed cuts in funding for federal education programs and for the Department of Education itself, as well as an ideological devotion to school choice. Devos has gotten to work in rescinding many of the programs put in place by the Obama administration.
Proposed Funding Cuts. Funding cuts have been proposed for college preparatory programs such as TRIO and GEAR UP as well as for federal work study. In total, education spending would be cut by an estimated $9.2 billion, as proposed by Trump’s recently released budget proposal.
Why We Care:
- Girls of color at higher risk of school push out.
–Report from the National Women Law Center.
- Education of Americans: A #1 National Security Issue
—Report from Council on Foreign Relations