Congress must reject the President’s newly released budget proposal
to avoid the devastating impact it would have on students and schools.
The President’s budget proposal cuts $9 billion – or 13% – from the
federal education budget.
It offers no additional funding for IDEA (maintaining a $13 billion
investment), leaving special education without any new resources to better
support students and families.
It completely eliminates funding for more than 20 programs,
including key components of the bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA). This critical funding ensures educators are prepared to meet the
needs of all students, helps create safe and supportive learning
environments through access to professionals like guidance counselors and
well-rounded education programs, and offers before- and after-school and
enrichment programs for students.
The budget proposal seeks
to undermine public education by diverting $1 billion in much-needed Title
I dollars from low-income schools and communities to other public schools.
The proposal suggests investing $250 million in funding for unproven private
school voucher schemes, that often strip children with disabilities from
their IDEA rights and result in hidden costs to their families.
The next step in this process is for Congress
to now decide which programs they want to fund and how much money they
want to give to each. Now is the time for parents to speak out and tell
Congress what matters to them.
Use the form below to tell your Member of Congress: Students
Deserve More – Invest in Public Schools
(Need more information about this alert? Read NCLD's blog about the President's budget proposal for FY
2018 and how the process will unfold. You can also read what NCLD's CEO & President has to say about the
Reject President Trump's Budget and Invest in Public Schools
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am a voter who cares about a child with learning and attention issues and I strongly urge you to invest in public schools. President Trump's budget recommends cutting $9 billion from federal education programs and $800 billion from Medicaid programs that serve students in schools across the country. This is unacceptable to me. Instead, I call on you my elected representative to support investment in public schools, specifically in programs that provide a quality education for all students and greater resources to support our nation's teachers.Specifically, the President's misguided proposal eliminates key programs included in the bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) such as those aimed at ensuring educators are prepared to meet the needs of students, those that seek to provide safe and supportive learning environments through access to professionals like guidance counselors and well-rounded education programs, and those that provide before- and after-school and enrichment programs to students. These programs are vital to the success of students and the health of our nation's schools, and the Trump Administration has missed a critical opportunity to foster success for our nation's 50 million public school students, including the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues.I also urge you to reject any proposal that shifts federal dollars away from public education or uses public funds to pay for programs that require students with disabilities to give up their rights. Voucher programs only serve to create separate education systems that are not equal for all students. We must protect education funding and invest in improving local public schools.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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