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Watch a Schools Chief Discuss Trump’s Proposed Education Budget

By Andrew Ujifusa — May 25, 2017 1 min read

By now you may have seen and heard plenty about President Donald Trump’s proposed education budget for fiscal 2018. You may have seen the proposed funding levels for the U.S. Department of Education. You may have watched Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos discuss (and argue about) the budget with House lawmakers yesterday. But you may not have seen an analysis from someone actually working in schools.

On Wednesday, a few hours after DeVos’ testimony in the House, we sat down to discuss the budget proposal with Kevin Maxwell, the CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, for a Facebook Live video. Maxwell is in charge of the second-largest school district in the state, with 132,000 students enrolled in just over 200 schools.

We asked Maxwell about the cuts to Title II teacher development grants, what he would tell Prince George’s County parents who would want to use a new public school choice program in Trump’s budget, and other funding areas he’s concerned about. The video runs for just under 12 minutes—you can watch it below.


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