US President Donald Trump is proposing to slash education spending. Although his budget request for 2020 will not be passed, given the Democrats’ control of Congress, it still makes for interesting reading, not least because it proposes to cut over 10% from the Department of Education.
The think tank New America has published a helpful breakdown of the budget proposals as they would affect education. Basically, Trump is calling for cuts to every sector of education, including adult learning.
Within the adult learning spend, Trump is proposing:
- a small increase in the sum devoted to career and technical education;
- a slightly larger increase of $60m for adult education leadership programs to support low-skilled adults to enter apprenticeships;
- a $156m (24%) cut in adult education state grants; and
- steady funding for apprenticeship programs.
The President’s 2020 budget is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf
New America’s breakdown of the budget proposals is available here: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/what-know-about-education-funding-trumps-budget-request/