This would be an 8.4 percent decrease compared to federal education funding enacted for fiscal 2020 and would mean likely cuts to critical programs such as Title I, Title II, ELL, full-service community schools, rural education and literacy programs. This is because the Trump-DeVos budget plan for fiscal 2021 would consolidate most programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and several related programs into a single block grant for the states. This is a well-worn approach to slashing funding for government programs.
Funding for Native American and Tribal education, training and advisory services and supplemental education grants would not be assimilated into the new block grant, but their funding would be frozen at current levels. Trump also proposes a $75.3 million cut to federal Impact Aid. He proposes increasing funding for grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by $100 million, or 0.8 percent, but that would not reverse the cuts to that program made so far under the Trump administration. The president proposes a $763 million increase in funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE).
Much of the cuts to public education would help fund a new federal voucher program offering tax credits of as much as $5 billion a year for individuals and businesses that donate to private and religious school scholarships. This proposal and TSTA/NEA’s opposition to it were covered in last week’s Briefing.
The Trump budget proposal also calls for large cuts to nutrition assistance programs and Medicaid, which would cause many low-income school children to miss meals and important health care. “Today’s budget release shows us once again just how out of touch Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are with parents, students, and educators across the nation, said NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia.