For the third straight year, President Donald Trump wants to slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget, this time by 10 percent. But how exactly does he propose to get there? We’re here with answers.
When the administration revealed its education spending plan on Monday, Education Department officials stressed Trump’s general desire to impose fiscal restraints on many (though not all) parts of the federal government. Yet in the initial overview of the fiscal 2020 spending blueprint, there wasn’t a lot of detailed information about cuts.
Veteran Trump budget watchers won’t be surprised to learn that among the 29 programs Trump wants to toss in the trash, are three relatively big-ticket, high-profile K-12 programs at the department: Title II teacher development grants ($2.1 billion), Title IV grants for academic enrichment ($1.2 billion), and after-school aid ($1.2 billion). He’s tried to eliminate those before, after all, only to be rebuffed by a Republican-controlled Congress. But that leaves more than two dozen programs on the hit list.
The list below is from the administration’s official fiscal 2020 budget summary. Together, they’d represent cuts of $6.7 billion.
Photo: Then President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, his nominee for education secretary, at a Michigan rally in December 2016. (Andrew Harnik/AP)