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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

May 23, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Dana Lloyd
May 21, 2018 Barry Katz
May 18, 2018 Kathryn Lewis Parmentier
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2018 Lorraine Costea
May 15, 2018 Ashley Waller
May 14, 2018 Susan Fisher
May 14, 2018 David Pascoe
May 14, 2018 Anne Havard
May 14, 2018 Andrea Bertram
May 14, 2018 shelley Smith
May 7, 2018 Leah Helmer
May 6, 2018 Rita Camaño
May 4, 2018 Jeri Jones
May 4, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 4, 2018 Timothy Lippert
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 Gillian Shults
May 4, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 4, 2018 Dan and Paula Fogarty
May 4, 2018 Carol Doud
May 4, 2018 L Dufresne
May 3, 2018 Lane Page
May 3, 2018 Dianne Brekhus
May 3, 2018 Rob Dexter
May 2, 2018 Juli Kring
May 1, 2018 Sheila Spencer-Stover A good education , ability to think, act --is the tool each/every child/person needs, has the right to. Keeping people ignorant is what leads anger/frustration/depression---on to to war/control by the wrong people, cults,
Apr 29, 2018 Laurie Nicoletti
Apr 26, 2018 Gil Hackel
Apr 25, 2018 Marcus Payne
Apr 25, 2018 cindy jefferys
Apr 25, 2018 Vickie Mowry
Apr 25, 2018 Henryetta Kidd
Apr 25, 2018 Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez
Apr 25, 2018 Christine Maidl
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 Alicja Bożek
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) Trump and DeVos are both awful.
Apr 25, 2018 Anselmo Tadeo
Apr 25, 2018 Norma Molina
Apr 25, 2018 Sarah Scheutzow
Apr 25, 2018 Terri Tadeo
Apr 25, 2018 Lucy-Nadya S Public education is vital.
Apr 25, 2018 Cassandra Weldon-Faulkner Our children are our future; reducing access to education is inappropriate. Public schools and their programs are important; charter schools (that do not have to meet the same levels of teacher education/qualification) are eroding our education system.
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 Lillian Beach I am appalled that after megatax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, you're trying to balance the budget on the backs of CHILDREN, especially the most vulnerable of children. If you want to see a massive crime wave in 10 years, cut these programs!

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