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Trump Administartion Proposes to Slash Education, TRIO Programs

March 12, 2019

The Trump Administration proposed 2020 budget is unacceptable and undercuts many sorely-needed programs and efforts that should be considered national priorities.

This short-sighted proposal will bankrupt future generations of Americans by crippling their abilitiy to fulfll their potential. This hurts all of us.

The president’s budget would cut non-defense discretionary programs (which include education, public health and low-income assistance) by $2.7 trillion over 10 years. The proposal would also reduce the budget of the U.S. Department of Education in one year by $8.5 billion, or 12 percent. The cuts include:

  • Reviving last year’s proposal to slash TRIO and GEAR UP funding by one-third and combining them into single, state-issued block-grant program;
  • Elimination of 29 other Departmental programs, including Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and 21st Century Learning Centers;
  • Consolidations of six programs supporting infrastructure and academic support at institutions that serve minorities.

“These budget cuts are draconian. They undercut cost-effective efforts that help minority, low-income and disabled students graduate from college and enter the middle class. The current programs have never been funded well enough to help more than a small percentage of eligible students; to reduce even more the ongoing efforts to aid those who need help the most violates the values Americans hold dear,” said Maureen Hoyler, president and CEO of the Council for Opportunity in Education.