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Although most Americans agree that something must be done about the federal budget deficit, it's becoming clear that the federal government is not choosing the right places to cut spending.

While the president continues to throw money into projects that are already well-funded or that serve his purposes better than the nation's, public education and other poorly funded programs are taking huge hits. NBC news reports that Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, refused to commit to "not privatizing public schools or cutting money from education" during her confirmation hearing, demonstrating that the Trump administration does not value public education [1].

And the proposed 2018 federal budget only drives the point home more harshly. According to the Center for American Progress, Trump's proposed budget for the coming year would slash the U.S. Department of Education's funding by a whopping 13 percent, or $9 billion. These cuts would "dismantle public schools through massive cuts to teacher training, after-school programs in public schools" [2].

More specifically, the plan would take $2.4 billion from teacher training grants, and $1.2 billion from summer-school and after-school programs. The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) for low-income undergraduates would be completely eliminated, and other programs that serve struggling students, such as TRIO, and GEAR UP, would be significantly reduced [3].

But the possibilities extend even further than that. According to The Hill, House Republican Thomas Massie of Kentucky also proposed legislation that would eliminate the Department of Education altogether, making "policymakers at the state and local levels [...] responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency." [4].

The new budget would invest $1.4 billion in private school vouchers and other projects in the privatization vein [2]. This move sends the signal that, "under the Trump administration, federal aid is out and school choice is in" [3].

The public education system has been starved long enough. It is time for the American people to stand up and tell the government to support public education so that all people can have access to the resources they need to thrive.

Sign the petition to tell President Trump, the Office of Management and Budget, and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget that America will not stand for an administration that devalues and defunds public education.

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Dear President Trump, the Office of Management and Budget, and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget,

America values public education. Every child deserves a quality education, and all families should be able to send their children to a good school, regardless of their financial status.

Cutting funding for summer-school and after-school programs, teacher-training programs, and more is a deplorable move. The proposed 2018 budget would harm low-income students, those with disabilities, and other vulnerable people of our nation, who are perhaps the most deserving of federal funds.

Public education is not funded well enough now, and it doesn't deserve to lose more money. We will not stand for your plan to redirect $9 billion away from the Department of Education and public school programs. It is not okay for education to be privatized so that only certain privileged individuals have access to these valuable resources.

We demand that you stop trying to force these massive cuts to the Department of Education. Leave public school programs in place to continue to do the fantastic work they've been doing for years.


Petition Signatures

Aug 12, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
Aug 11, 2018 Julie A Bois
Aug 11, 2018 Doreen DeLuca
Aug 9, 2018 Erika Ranzi
Aug 9, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Aug 9, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Aug 9, 2018 Kim Johns
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Connie - please Raper
Aug 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Aug 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jul 30, 2018 Jean Gizzo
Jul 30, 2018 Patricia Copenhaver
Jul 26, 2018 Heidi Steffy
Jul 23, 2018 susan cohen
Jul 23, 2018 Jayne Dorfman
Jul 23, 2018 Christina Arnemann
Jul 22, 2018 marissa boren
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Cuts to education are cuts to the well being and growth of American children and youth, and jeopardize America's future and ability to lead.
Jul 22, 2018 Frank Seiden Educated children are our most valuable resource.
Jul 22, 2018 Dana Levy
Jul 22, 2018 Diane Puso
Jul 22, 2018 Wayne Groh
Jul 22, 2018 Heather Companion
Jul 22, 2018 M Joan Hutton
Jul 22, 2018 Paul Zakrzewski If you're going to cut programs that support a quality education why not just deport the families and their children that depend on public education? Oh wait, no. Where would you get people to fight your wars then? Certainly not from your "class",
Jul 22, 2018 Melinda Weisser-Lee
Jul 22, 2018 Mari Flower
Jul 22, 2018 Elaine Taylor
Jul 22, 2018 Brian Wilkerson We need to invest in our children and in the education of the nation.
Jul 22, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jul 22, 2018 Linda Wright We will not be able to compete in the global economy without educated citizens to move us forward.
Jul 22, 2018 Patricia Hoyt
Jul 22, 2018 Verna Browning
Jul 22, 2018 Beth Marshall
Jul 22, 2018 Maria Rivera-Duncan
Jul 22, 2018 Judi Putnam
Jul 22, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2018 Kathe Garbrick
Jul 22, 2018 Nancy Lopez Public ed is what helped make this country what it is. You want to MAGA? don't waste any more minds.The US can't compete if we sideline so many of out kids.
Jul 22, 2018 Pamela Lawson Stop the cuts to education!! Our future leaders will be dumber than Trump if that's possible.
Jul 22, 2018 Afroditi Katsikis
Jul 22, 2018 Hertha Schulze
Jul 22, 2018 MARGARET LOCH
Jul 22, 2018 Patricia Aker
Jul 22, 2018 Charles Dickens
Jul 22, 2018 Patricia Clements

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