During his campaign for president, in September 2016, Donald Trump said that he planned to devote $20 billion toward an education block grant that would allow for unprecedented school choice; namely, portability of funding so that every student could choose to attend any school– traditional public, charter, or private.
In May 2017, Trump proposed a budget that would have cut a net $9.2 billion from the federal education coffers. Moreover, by cutting other federally funded ed programs, Trump’s plan included devoting $1 billion in Title I funds to a private school voucher program that he planned to slyly graft into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I program.
Though his proposed education budget was notably different than his campaign promise of $20 billion in education block grant funding, Trump’s focus on sending public money to private schools in the name of “choice” remains.
When asked by the Washington…
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