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Proposed Budget Cuts Pose a Huge Threat to Children Youth and Families

 



Proposed Budget Cuts Pose a Huge Threat to 
Children Youth and Families
  
The Trump administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 would have a devastating impact on the children, youth, families, and communities that the Coalition for Community Schools works to support every day. The budget would exacerbate the vast inequality already so evident in our society, deepen the chasm that already exists among Americans, and drastically diminish our nation's ability to compete in a fast changing world economy.

The Trump budget must not only be 'dead on arrival' as many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have stated. It must be rebuilt from the ground up with an intense focus on the real issues our nation faces and a recognition of our common purpose.

The Coalition for Community Schools is not just concerned about education funding, but also about all the investments our nation makes to keep our children and families safe, healthy, and productive -- Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), Community Development Block Grant, Community Services Block Grant, Workforce Investment, Career and Technical Education, and many more.  Our specific education related concerns are described below, and links to statements of our partners on various aspects of the budget follow.

The Coalition for Community Schools specifically rejects the Administration's proposal to divert federal funds to expand choice and voucher programs that would further undermine public education, a building block of our democracy.

Among the most egregious cuts and program eliminations in education are:

  • Elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which at $1.1 billion provides core funding for afterschool programs and community schools.
  • Elimination of the Full-Service Community Schools program ($10 million) in the Department of Education that funds grants for community schools.
  • Elimination of the new Academic Enrichment and Student Supportprogram ($400 million).
  • Cuts in funding for Title I, our nation's major program supporting disadvantaged children.
  • Cuts of $168 million in Career and Technical Education and cuts of $2.5 billion in the Department of Labor, including approximately $1 billion in state formula grants under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Elimination of the Corporation for National Service ($1 billion) that funds AmeriCorps programs, a majority of which are located in schools.
  • Repurposing of the Office of Disability Employment policy funding, including eliminating its youth technical assistance centers.
  • The proposed 18% decrease to the Department of Health and Human Services with major cuts to Medicaid which supports children in schools.
To see the full array of budget cuts, look at this document from the Office of Management and Budget.

We urge all advocates for community schools to do three things:
  1. Call, email, or visit your Senators and Congresspersons and urge them not to cut these programs.
  2. Join with other advocates for youth and families in your community, state, and nationally to make your voice heard in the budget process.
  3. Work to build alliances and coalitions that focus not just on a particular program, but on building the base of power needed to create a long-term sustainable movement to enable all Americans to learn and thrive.
For further information on how to engage, you can view the Coalition's advocacy toolkit here.

Selected Coalition Partner Comments on the Trump Budget


Sincerely,
The Coalition for Community Schools

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