The Department of Education would face some major downsizing under the Trump administration’s newly released budget proposal that seeks a $9 billion dollar (or 13.5 percent) reduction. The $59 billion-dollar budget eliminates teacher training grants, supplemental K-12 school programs, and higher education financial assistance while increasing funds for school-choice programs.
The plan would eliminate:
Programs that would not be eliminated but would receive big cuts are:
However, school choice programs will see $1.4 billion dollar increases, with:
The Office of Civil Rights, also part of the Department of Education, was not mentioned in the budget document—leaving many wondering about the future of that office.
This proposal is just the beginning of the budget approval process. The funds will have to be reviewed, revised and approved by both the senate and the house before going back to the president’s desk for final approval. This process can be lengthy and with all of the proposed cuts, not only to the education department but several other departments and programs—like the National Endowment for the Arts—there are bound to be fierce debates.