*This blog post appeared in The
Montana Post and has been edited for clarity. Author: Don Pogreba
of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen didn’t
protest Trump's budget that will cut billions from public schools,
including $30 million from Montana.
proposal, Arntzen said in an Education
Department press release, is a victory for “local control.”
federal grants will allow school leaders and the Office of Public
Instruction to spend more time serving students and less time on
burdensome federal reporting,” she said.
The cuts would
be particularly devastating for disadvantaged students, as Montana Federation
of Public Employees Executive Director Erik Burke noted:
Based on our
historic levels of federal funding under these programs, these cuts
would likely equate to roughly a $30 million hit on Montana schools, including
$3.6 million reduction in Impact aid targeted predominantly at our
reservation schools. That’s a big hit, especially when it is
disproportionately hitting our poorest, most vulnerable school
proposal freezes spending on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act) funding, meaning that the federal government will
continue to decrease its support for special education programs for
students to even more unsustainable levels.
And the New
York Times notes that rural schools, in particular, are targeted for cuts:
programs that would be zeroed out to fund the grant are 21st Century
Community Learning Centers, which funds after-school programs for
low-income students; funding for programs in rural schools and magnet
schools; and funding for homeless and migrant students.
Trump budget should make the person entrusted with overseeing Montana
schools howl in protest because, if adopted, they would undermine our
ability to educate our kids, particularly those who are most in need
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget seeks to spend billions in
federal money — roughly equivalent to the totality of proposed cuts
under the block grant — to help subsidize private school tuition.
proposal Arntzen is supporting doesn’t end
there. It, according to Howard Gleckman,
senior fellow in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, would require us to “reimburse the entire cost of
[a]child’s private school education” for the wealthiest among us,
allow “taxpayers to direct federal funds to the private or religious
schools they prefer,” and even let parents “claim a 100 percent tax
credit to pay [themselves] to home school [their] child.”
To see the Department of Education's press release,
please click here.
Thanks to Patti Doyle for submitting the post!