Tell your members that education budget #cutshurt.

Yesterday, the White House released the long-awaited President’s 2018 Budget, which includes drastic cuts to many programs that we care about. Today, we will only focus on cuts to education funding as there are so many terrible things in 45’s budget proposal (including cutting $800 billion from Medicaid) that we can’t fit them all in one post! Your #DailyRevolution is to share with your members of Congress how these proposed cuts to education programs would affect your life.

As part of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ effort to give families more so-called ‘school choice,’ 45 plans to cut $10.6 billion from federal education programs — although we know this really means taking away choices from the low-income kids and families that rely on public school.

What, specifically, are they cutting, you ask?

  • $2.1 billion from teacher training programs

  • $4 billion from the federal Pell Grant program, which provides need-based grants to low-income students

  • $166 million from available grants for technical education and career development

  • $500 million from the college work study program

And if that wasn’t enough, two dozen programs will be fully eliminated, including:

  • Public service loan forgiveness

  • Special Olympic programs

  • Child care for low-income parents in college

  • After school programs

  • School arts education programs

  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian student programs

So where is the money going?  Specifically, away from programs that benefit lower-income communities while increasing funds for programs for wealthier families. Something of a reverse-Robin Hood, if you will:  

Today we are going to share our serious concerns about 45’s proposed budget cuts with our members of Congress. And we want you to get personal:

STEP 1: Reflect on how this relates to you, whether you have student loans, have a child in a public school, or benefited from any of these targeted programs when you were in school. If you were privileged enough to not benefit from any of these programs, talk with someone who has.

Fill in the blanks: The ___________ program allowed me to __________.

E.g.:
The after school program allowed me to learn while my parents worked to support our family.
OR
The federal loan repayment program allowed me to earn my college degree.

STEP 2: Share your truth. Stories like that of Mary Beth Burkes, whose autistic child benefits from an after school program, are powerful. Spread the word on social media about how this will affect your family and community, discuss these cuts with your family members, particularly those of a different party or generation, and then get ready to call your congresspeople.

STEP 3: Call your Congresspeople using our script below.  Add in your personal story about how federal education programs have enriched your life. Bonus: Share our script on Facebook/Instagram, and encourage others to call their congresspeople, too!

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** Please be courteous, and if you have to leave a message, be sure to leave your city/state/zip code to be tallied! The quicker you get your calls in, the more opportunities there are for other callers to get through.**

Remember, the President’s Budget is just a wish list. Congress creates the actual budget through the appropriations process, which is why sharing your story with your congresspeople is important. Check out our previous Budget 101 and 201 posts for a quick refresher course on the budget process!

 
 
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