President's 2018 Budget

President Trump’s 2018 Education Budget Affects Learning and Teaching – CEF Releases FY 2018 Budget Analysis

July 13, 2017

Budget Cuts to be Felt Across the Education Spectrum, According to Practitioners

WASHINGTON, DC – The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), the nation’s oldest and largest education coalition, today released its annual analysis of the President’s education budget. CEF shared the findings at a Capitol Hill briefing where education practitioners outlined the major local impacts of the President’s proposed cuts across the education continuum.

The President’s fiscal year 2018 budget disinvests in education, cutting more than $9 billion in federal appropriations for preschoolers, students in elementary school, children who use afterschool programs, high schoolers seeking preparation for the workforce, adult learners, teachers and school leaders, schools and institutions, and low-income Americans who rely on federal aid to go to college. The President’s budget also eliminates funding for education-related services including libraries and museums, and cuts student loans by $143 billion over ten years.

“Investing in education pays dividends immediately and in the long term. To keep America strong and prepared to compete in the global economy, we should be increasing – not cutting – the federal investment in education,” said CEF Executive Director Sheryl Cohen.

Each year CEF publishes a detailed, program-by-program analysis of the President’s budget request for education programs, complete with charts and tables showing the funding history and illustrating the reach and impact of federal education investments. The book is a resource for Members of Congress and their staffs, as well as for others interested in understanding the importance and scope of federal education programs and services.

“Investments in education currently account for only 2 percent of the federal budget, and the President’s request reduces the share even further as part of a deep, multi-year cut in nondefense discretionary funding,” said CEF President Jocelyn Bissonnette, Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS). “Drastic cuts to federal education investments will reduce opportunities for students across the education spectrum, impacting student achievement, graduation rates, college affordability, and workforce readiness.”

To illustrate the importance of federal education funding and highlight the local impact of the President’s proposed cuts, CEF hosted a panel today on Capitol Hill of education practitioners with experience implementing education programs for early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, adult education and workforce training, and postsecondary student aid, as well as an advocate from PTA.

Educators shared today the impact the budget would have locally:

“Federal support for special education only covers 15 percent of the additional cost of educating students with disabilities, which is far below the 40 percent promised when Congress enacted IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Without an increased federal investment, state and local education budgets have to make up the shortfall, which limits their ability to finance other education services.  We know that as a result of this shortfall, local and state funds must cover the costs of IDEA programming thus preventing LEAs from expanding in other areas, especially early childhood.” – Phyllis Wolfram, Executive Director of Special Programs for Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO, and President-Elect, Council of Administrators of Special Education

“Students in WV and all of Appalachia desperately need the funds provided through federal education funding.  Our local resources are limited due to a low tax base; and our children’s needs our great.  Federal dollars help us provide some of the specialized help we need for these youngsters.” – Deborah Akers, Superintendent, Mercer County Schools, Mercer County, WV

“The President’s budget would impose devastating cuts to important federal financial aid programs that allow low-income students to attend college and attain their degrees. These cuts jeopardize the next generation of young workers. In particular, Federal Work-Study and the Federal Perkins Loan assist low- and middle-income students in different ways in their pursuit of a higher education.” – Heather Boutell, Director of Financial Aid, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

“Our goal is to provide the same high-quality adult education and workforce services to all areas – rural, suburban, and urban – and that can’t happen when federal support is drastically cut.  We’ve already seen funding cuts, and witnessed the erosion of our workforce development infrastructure, particularly in the more rural areas. The President’s budget would make it much harder to serve the 250,000 people in the many counties we cover.” – Jan McKeel, Executive Director, South Central TN Workforce Alliance, Spring Hill, TN

“In New Jersey and across the country, there are great disparities in available resources and access to quality education programs. Cutting funding for public education would further undermine opportunity for all children. Greater investments in public education programs that promote equity and opportunity are critical to ensure every child reaches their full potential.” – Rose Acerra, President, New Jersey PTA


Statement on President Trump’s Education Budget for FY 2018

May 24, 2017

“President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget disinvests in education along the entire continuum, cutting $8 billion in federal support for preschoolers, students in elementary school, children who use afterschool programs, high schoolers seeking preparation for the workforce, adult learners, teachers and school leaders, schools and institutions, and low-income Americans who rely on federal aid to go to college. The President’s budget also eliminates important funding for education-related services including libraries and museums. On top of these discretionary spending cuts, the budget reduces student loans by an additional $143 billion over ten years.

“The size and scope of the President’s cuts to federal education funding are devastating.  Investments in education account for only about 2 percent of the federal budget, but the President’s budget reduces that share to less than 1.8 percent. These drastic cuts to education will weaken student achievement, worsen the opportunity gap, withdraw needed support that helps students graduate from high school ready for a career or for college, and make college less affordable and attainable.

“It will be an ongoing struggle to meet the nation’s needs under the constraints of the austerity-level sequester cap on nondefense discretionary (NDD) spending, never mind the even deeper cut the President imposes. Congress’s first step should be to eliminate the FY 2018 sequester cap for NDD, which is below the funding level Congress just provided for FY 2017.  Lifting the defense and NDD caps by equal amounts – maintaining the concept of parity between defense and NDD spending that has been in place since the sequester went into effect – will allow Congress to increase the federal education investment in order to maximize opportunities for students and their families, schools, and our nation.”

President’s 2018 Education Budget – CEF table for selected discretionary education programs, FY 2014-2018

Statement on Administration’s Proposed Cuts to 2017 Education Funding

March 30, 2017

“The President’s budget for fiscal year 2018 slashes the federal investment in education, but on top of those deep cuts the Administration is now asking Congress to reduce education funding by billions more in the current fiscal year.  The Committee for Education Funding opposes these cuts – $9 billion for the Department of Education for 2018 and $3 billion for 2017– that would hurt students of all ages, cutting support for teachers and school leaders as well as drastically reducing the amount of student grant aid that helps make a college education accessible to all.

“Investments in education strengthen our nation by creating a well-educated population prepared to compete in a rapidly changing world, yet education funding accounts for only 2 percent of the federal budget.  In fact, education funding has already been cut, and is now below the 2010 funding, excluding Pell grants; it should not be further cut.

“Schools and students are counting on continued federal education investments to ensure access to high quality education from pre-school to higher education, to fill gaps where local and state funding is insufficient or where new priorities and needs arise, and to help with the costs of required educational services, such as special education.”

CEF statement on the President’s proposed cuts to federal education investments

March 16, 2017

“We should be investing in education, not cutting federal support”

Washington, DC – Sheryl V. Cohen, Executive Director of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), issued the following statement on the President’s education budget request for fiscal year 2018. CEF, the nation’s oldest and largest education coalition, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that reflects the broad spectrum of the education community from early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, and higher education, to adult and workforce education including students, teachers and faculty, parents, administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, librarians, other school personnel, and school board members.

“The President’s budget slashes federal investments in education by $9 billion (13 percent), hurting students in the short term and slowing the nation’s economic growth in the long term. Fiscal constraints require investments that show great returns – and investing in education does just that by helping students learn and succeed, creating a future workforce that is globally competitive, and lowering the costs to society that occur when we fail to adequately educate and create opportunity for all our children.”

“Education funding is already low – Congress has eliminated 50 education programs since 2010, and federal education spending is now below the 2010 level excluding Pell grants. In fact, we spend only two cents of every federal dollar on education even though we know education investments pay dividends.”

“The President’s budget should continue the government’s efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality public schools and affordable higher education. The budget should increase federal investments in education, which boost the economy, help students, and make the nation stronger.”

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