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Trump budgets slashes public schools, moves money to private schools

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:43 PM

More from the Trump budget train wreck, via Huffington Post:

President Donald Trump wants to cut the Department of Education’s budget by 13 percent, or $9 billion overall, eliminating a program that provides after-school and summer programming for kids and a professional development program for teachers.

Yet the proposed budget adds money to school choice options, including $250 million for a “new private school choice program.” This would likely be a voucher program ― providing public money for kids to attend private schools ― although the exact plan is still nebulous. The budget also adds $168 million for charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated. 

Cheerleaders for the Billionaires Boys Club will applaud these moves. They'll also try to tell you that charter schools are public schools. They are not. They are privately operated schools that get public money. Which is what a voucher program is intended to do as well.

Betsy DeVos at work.

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