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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

Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 14, 2018 Patricia Hadeed
Jul 14, 2018 Candi Gaona
Jul 10, 2018 Kim Lacost
Jul 10, 2018 Kim Singer
Jul 10, 2018 Kim Taylor
Jul 10, 2018 Becky Kosher
Jul 10, 2018 tye block
Jul 10, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 6, 2018 Debbie Foster
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
Jul 2, 2018 Danielle Walden
Jul 1, 2018 Lois Freeman
Jul 1, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jul 1, 2018 Cheryl Lechtanski
Jun 28, 2018 kristy hayward
Jun 28, 2018 elaine carter
Jun 26, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 25, 2018 Lois Ingram I do not believe the schools have been doing a "fantastic" job, but privatizing is not the answer!
Jun 24, 2018 Allyn and Kathryn Moore There is no excuse for the extent to which Betsy Devoss, at the direction of trump, is trying to shut down public education. It has to stop. Devoss needs to go immediately, and a lot of us will remember in November.
Jun 21, 2018 Caroline Bird
Jun 20, 2018 Tracey Credeur
Jun 19, 2018 Patricia Harris
Jun 19, 2018 Deborah Scharf
Jun 18, 2018 Nicole Solano
Jun 18, 2018 Darrin Bower
Jun 18, 2018 Linda Miller
Jun 17, 2018 Jessica Jakubanis
Jun 17, 2018 Lidia McMahan
Jun 17, 2018 Isabel Berning
Jun 16, 2018 Nicholas Zecher
Jun 15, 2018 Karen Wineinger
Jun 15, 2018 Diane McClure
Jun 15, 2018 Charlene Sipe This is totally unacceptable and outrageously irresponsible for the future of our children and our country! How can anyone think this is good policy and justify this abandonment of our historical values to replace tax cuts given to those least in need?!
Jun 14, 2018 Alexandra Hunt Our public education system was once a standard for the world. Proper funding could make it great again.
Jun 13, 2018 carol king
Jun 13, 2018 eleanor woods
Jun 13, 2018 Michaela Pochily
Jun 13, 2018 eve pro
Jun 13, 2018 Teresa Wass
Jun 13, 2018 Sherry E Clark Public education must be an important item to everyone.
Jun 12, 2018 James C Polhemus
Jun 12, 2018 Georgan Gregg Really?!? you think that education needs budget cuts?!? Idiots, we need MORE money for public schools! Amazing just how foolish this administration truly is!
Jun 12, 2018 Michael Schimmel
Jun 12, 2018 Stephanie Schneider
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Ellen McCann
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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