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The Administration calls its proposal an “America First” budget. But it slices deep into the American dream – $9 billion in cuts to the programs that help put students on the path to greater opportunity.

This budget will hurt the economic competitiveness and personal opportunities of a generation of children. It’s a plan that walks away from the hopes and needs of the working and middle class.

In a world where jobs and economic strength go to the best-educated people and countries, the Administration’s proposal undercuts the very core of the American dream — the notion that, through education and hard work, people can climb and provide a better life for the next generation.

These cuts have very real consequences:

The Administration’s budget would be the largest cut in federal education funds in memory — more than $9 billion, or 13.5% of the overall department’s budget.

Federal work-study funds that help students work their way through college would be reduced “significantly.”

It would cancel $3.9 billion in Pell Grant reserves, money that bipartisan groups of lawmakers want to use to help students take summer classes.

It would eliminate grants to states for preparing teachers and school leaders, and funding for afterschool and summer enrichment programs.

This budget will make it even harder for hardworking students in rural, suburban, and urban communities across our nation to rise and reach their potential.

We want to hear from you – every parent, grandparent, and concerned community member who cares about public education and the American Dream.


Stand up and let us know how cuts to education funding affect you and your family


What does the U.S. Department of Education do?

The Department of Education is responsible for ensuring that every child in the U.S. is provided a quality education that gives him/her an equal shot at success in life. They are responsible for distributing Title 1 funds that support low-income students, administering Pell Grants to make college more affordable, ensuring children with disabilities have access to quality special education, and enforcing civil rights violations in states and districts, among many other things.

Want to learn more? This analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund explains what the Department of Education is responsible for, where the funding goes, and what is at stake if these cuts happen.

What does federal funding do for students in low-income communities?

The Department of Education runs the Title I program, which is a stream of funding that provides financial assistance to school districts and individual public schools that serve some of the poorest children in our country. The funding creates a way for schools to offer services for their students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards. In most states, schools qualify for Title 1 funding if at least 35% of their students come from low-income families. Source: NCES.

What does federal funding do for students struggling to afford college (Pell grants and other federal student aid)?

Pell Grants are federally funded grants used to pay for higher education and are given out based solely on a student’s financial need. Unlike a loan, Pell Grants don’t need to be repaid, making college more affordable for low income students. Of all the types of federally-funded higher education grants, Pell Grants are the most common source of financial aid for students struggling to pay for college.

What does federal funding do for students with disabilities under the federal special education law, IDEA?

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provides leadership and financial support that directly improves education outcomes for children with disabilities from birth until the student is 21. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.  IDEA requires states that use federal funds to provide children with special education support, including free public education appropriate to a student’s needs in the least restrictive environment.

What is the Office of Civil Rights?

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ensures every student has equal access to education and responds vigorously if that access or other civil rights are threatened. OCR identifies, prevents, ends, and remedies discrimination against students. Individuals can file a discrimination complaint if they believe that an institution of education that receives federal assistance has discriminated against someone based on that person’s race, color, nation of origin, sex, disability, or age.

What are vouchers?

Vouchers are state-run programs that provide public funds to students who want to attend private schools. There are currently 25 voucher programs in 14 states and Washington, D.C.

How does the proposed budget impact me or my children if we are not in a low-income school district?

Deep cuts to federal education funding affect all states (as you see on this funding at risk table). Federal funds support best practices in education for all students, not just students from low-income households. Any cuts to federal funds means that states will have to make up the gap. As a result, overall funding for all school districts could potentially decrease, in a time when nearly half of states still spend less on public education than they did before the economic collapse.

I want to prevent these cuts from happening. What can I do?

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About this Project

Stand for Children is a national education advocacy organization that works with parents and educators to improve public schools.

We believe ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed, and that education is the key that unlocks the door to success.

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