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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

Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Anne Olivares
Sep 18, 2017 E Pearson
Sep 17, 2017 Carol Bostick
Sep 17, 2017 Dianne PunKay
Sep 17, 2017 Joan Cuplin This is Total Bullcrap & Must be Stopped Immediately!! America will Not Stand for an administration that devalues & defunds public education!!!!
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2017 Pat Chandler Students deserve every opportunity to excel.
Sep 16, 2017 Kathi Geukes
Sep 15, 2017 Kathryn McLean
Sep 15, 2017 Candice Laurence
Sep 15, 2017 Kathleen Doyle
Sep 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 Charles Pan
Sep 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 Denis Cole
Sep 14, 2017 Christie Rawls
Sep 14, 2017 Laura Ochinero
Sep 14, 2017 Heli Honkanen
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 EDITH LOBROT
Sep 13, 2017 Deborah Bratcher
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 5, 2017 Linda Haines
Aug 30, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Aug 28, 2017 Richard Han
Aug 27, 2017 Devon Kerbow
Aug 27, 2017 p Perry
Aug 27, 2017 walter schultz
Aug 27, 2017 choky alvarez
Aug 27, 2017 Marke Sinclaire
Aug 27, 2017 Sheila Ward
Aug 27, 2017 Tara Spires
Aug 26, 2017 Pam Logan
Aug 25, 2017 David Schaechtel
Aug 25, 2017 Ray Rooney
Aug 25, 2017 Sandra Wilson The government LOVES uneducated people, they don't ask questions!
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Susan Schueller
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Paige Garberding
Aug 25, 2017 Jaye Duncan
Aug 25, 2017 Marion Hulen
Aug 25, 2017 Debra Ryan
Aug 25, 2017 CHARLES CURTIS The only more idiotic part of the proposed budget is the stupid wall.
Aug 25, 2017 L.J. Robinson
Aug 25, 2017 Samantha Honowitz

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