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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

Jan 18, 2018 Jennifer McDaniel
Jan 18, 2018 Kimberly Wiley
Jan 18, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 17, 2018 Carrie Carlson
Jan 16, 2018 Terri Robb
Jan 14, 2018 Gregory Brooks
Jan 14, 2018 Manuela Werthwein
Jan 13, 2018 Kara Gallant
Jan 13, 2018 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Jan 12, 2018 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Jan 11, 2018 Katie Stansell
Jan 11, 2018 Jen Valentino
Jan 11, 2018 -Rev. H.P. Richard J. Treitner
Jan 11, 2018 Carmen Rodriguez
Jan 11, 2018 Amy Hile
Jan 11, 2018 Irina Lamadrid
Jan 11, 2018 DayLynn McDonald
Jan 11, 2018 jane cook
Jan 11, 2018 George Anderson
Jan 11, 2018 Greg Meyer
Jan 10, 2018 EWA KUCZENSKA
Jan 10, 2018 Zoe Spiropoulou
Jan 10, 2018 Ananthanarayan Ramakrishnan
Jan 10, 2018 Ofelia Lam
Jan 10, 2018 Samantha Mostek
Jan 10, 2018 Sheila Tran
Jan 10, 2018 Valerie Philebaum Smith
Jan 10, 2018 Stan Janczuk
Jan 10, 2018 Christiane Santos
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Jan 10, 2018 April Eversole
Jan 10, 2018 Joan Hoefer
Jan 10, 2018 Mel Tham
Jan 10, 2018 Cheryl McFarland
Jan 10, 2018 Jody Gibson
Jan 10, 2018 Teresa Cruz-Wortman
Jan 10, 2018 Tania Malven
Jan 10, 2018 Dana Bleckinger
Jan 10, 2018 Cara Russo
Jan 10, 2018 Stan Janzick
Jan 10, 2018 Janice Brooks
Jan 10, 2018 Patricia Benward
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