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K-12 education programs Trump wants to eliminate

First Published      Last Updated May 18 2017 11:58 am

Mental health services. Civics and arts programs. International education and language studies. Anti-bullying activities. Gifted and talented initiatives. Full-service community schools.

These are some of the K-12 education programs that President Donald Trump is proposing be eliminated in his first full budget, as explained in a Washington Post story.

The story, based on documents obtained by the Post, details the $10.6 billion in cuts the administration wants to make in federal education initiatives, and how it wants to reinvest part of the savings into efforts to promote school choice.

Here are some details that aren't in the story. First is a list in the budget documents of proposed discretionary programs targeted for elimination, which the documents say will save $5.9 billion, and following that are the given justifications for each. They were targeted, the documents say, because they "achieved their original purpose, duplicate other programs, are narrowly focused, or are unable to demonstrate effectiveness."

The president's budget also eliminates funding for a program known as Title IV, meant for academic enrichment and student support.

Why are these being cut? Here is the rationale for each, from the budget documents.

The amounts are in millions:

21st Century Community Learning Centers ... $1,164.5

This program makes formula grants to States, which award local subgrants to support before, after, and summer school programs that provide safe spaces and opportunities for academic enrichment for nearly 2 million students at roughly 11,500 centers. This program lacks strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement.

Alaska Native Education ... $32.4

This program supports supplemental education services for a very high-need student population facing unique challenges in obtaining a high-quality education. The Alaska Native Education program largely duplicates services that may be funded through the $260 million in other Federal elementary and secondary programs that support Alaska as well as State, local, and private funds.

American History and Civics Academies ... $1.8

This program supports efforts to improve the quality of American history and civics education through grants for intensive workshops for teachers and students and for evidence-based instructional methods and professional development programs. The program has limited impact, with American History and Civics Academies grants reaching only a small number of teachers and students. (Each academy may serve no more than 300 teachers or students annually.)

Arts in Education ... $26.9

This program supports arts education projects and programs for children and youth, with special emphasis on serving students from low-income families and students with disabilities. Arts in Education has limited impact and funds activities that are more appropriately supported with other Federal, State, local, and private funds.

Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) ... $15.1

The CCAMPIS program subsidizes campus-based child care services for low-income parents in postsecondary education programs. While the CCAMPIS program provides an important service that benefits low-income student parents, subsidizing expenses associated with child care is not consist with the Department's core mission. The Administration maintains funding for existing child care programs within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants/Striving Readers ... $189.6

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