Trump’s Education Budget Offers Good News for Parents

March 17, 2017

by Karen R. Effrem, MD

In last week’s column, I mentioned four things that President Donald Trump could do to keep his education promises. One had to do with the budget:

3.) Cut the Federal Education Budget

Considering that there are so many invasive, ineffective, expensive, over-reaching, privacy-robbing federal education programs that include related social emotional standards tied to Common Core, President Trump should direct his Budget Director, former House Freedom Caucus member from South Carolina, Mick Mulvaney, to decrease the federal education budget and especially root out some of these more invasive programs.

It appears that the president and budget director received this advice from multiple sources, because that is exactly what they have done. They propose to cut the federal education budget by a very healthy and respectable $9 billion, which amounts to thirteen percent. That is probably more than this wasteful, invasive, unconstitutional department has ever been cut in its entire history.

Although it is hard to know all of the details from the less-than-detailed blueprint released yesterday, we can see that at least approximately $8.4 billion are saved. We can also glean a few things about the nature of the proposed cuts.

Eliminating “Parent Replacement Centers”

Most important from the point of view of those who care deeply about parental autonomy in education and the psychological privacy and freedom of conscience of children is the $1.2 billion being cut by the elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, because “the program lacks strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement.”

Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh thought very little of this program and dubbed it “midnight basketball” back in the 1990’s under President Clinton after it was first introduced. And more recently, Barbara Hollingsworth of dubbed these programs “Parent Replacement Centers” in an August 2015 article after funding for them was restored in an amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Despite the abundant evidence of these programs ineffectiveness and harmfulness, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) (despite his vote against the amendment) and former Obama Secretary of Education Arne Duncan both supported this kind of womb-to-tomb government takeover of the family via government schools.

Fortunately, however, the Trump administration does not, and the president should be heartily commended for being willing to stand against the establishment and eliminate it. Not only would this education budget be redirected towards more constitutional funding priorities, but getting rid of this program and all its related subprograms would help prevent psychological profiling. It would also help Mr. Trump support another of his campaign education priorities, that of protecting student privacy.

Defunding Other Wasteful Programs

Other programs on the chopping block include:

  • “The $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, which is poorly targeted and spread thinly across thousands of districts with scant evidence of impact.”
  • “Over 20 categorical programs that do not address national needs, duplicate other programs, or are more appropriately supported with State, local, or private funds, including Striving Readers, Teacher Quality Partnership, Impact Aid Support Payments for Federal Property, and International Education programs.”

There is no discussion in the blueprint of the statist Head Start program or career and technical education programs, however.

Increased Support for School Choice

President Trump is also increasing the budget toward his and Secretary Betsy DeVos’ priority of school choice:

Increases investments in public and private school choice by $1.4 billion compared to the 2017 annualized CR level, ramping up to an annual total of $20 billion, and an estimated $100 billion including matching State and local funds. This additional investment in 2018 includes a $168 million increase for charter schools, $250 million for a new private school choice program, and a $1 billion increase for Title I, dedicated to encouraging districts to adopt a system of studentbased budgeting and open enrollment that enables Federal, State, and local funding to follow the student to the public school of his or her choice.

While it is somewhat comforting that the Title I portability program is a public school choice program at this juncture, there is grave concern about the intended accountability regulations for private schools in the new private school choice program that could impose Common Core-aligned tests on private schools, and this will need to be closely watched. This major danger to private school autonomy has been covered by many writers in the education freedom movement, including Phyllis Schlafly, the late, iconic president of Eagle Forum; Jason Bedrick of the Cato Institute; and Education Liberty Watch’s Choice Freedom Grading scale.

The release of this budget blueprint is just the first step in a long, complex discussion and debate process with Congress. Parents and activists should be cautiously optimistic, but also vigilant as the discussion unfolds.

Photo credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Dr. Karen Effrem is trained as a pediatrician and serves as president of Education Liberty Watch and the executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition.

Archive: Karen R. Effrem, MD

54 comments on “Trump’s Education Budget Offers Good News for Parents”

  • Ugg Outlet Online Store says:

    Thank you pertaining to taking turns that excellent subject material on your web-site. I discovered it on the search engines. I will check back again if you post more aricles.
    Ugg Outlet Online Store

  • visit site says:

    My name is Bailey and I’m a 30 years old boy from Wickford.

  • cheap fitflop shoes says:

    Blah, blah, blah
    cheap fitflop shoes

  • giuseppe zanotti heels replica says:

    This particular item is in that very good price tag I did not idea all excellent is and so excellent. It is pretty. This mom will likely really like that it regarding Xmas early morning when she starts present therefore appearances like I devoted a lot more, and yet prices had been exclusively awesome!!
    giuseppe zanotti heels replica

  • hermes h belt replica says:

    The device is at that awesome rates I did not believed that top quality is therefore excellent. It’s striking. Your mother will certainly love things regarding Christmas day when she opens gift and it appearances like I spent a lot more, then again prices was just very good!!
    hermes h belt replica

  • Callaway Golf sale says:

    What is the hardest thing in the world To think.
    Callaway Golf sale

  • Cartier Ring Replica says:

    We have purchased this particular brand name of bracelet various period. Every single one is ultra pretty, manufactured well, does not tarnish additionally significant based on which kind of an you buy furthermore which your offer things towards.
    Cartier Ring Replica

  • marmot store online says:

    The Earth4Energy e-book claims it can help you save as much as 80% in your electrical energy bill, and perhaps even remove it completely. So does it live up our expectations? Without a doubtYes.
    marmot store online

  • hermes h bracelet replica says:

    I’ve purchased the brand concerning bracelet some circumstances. Every single one is super attractive, created very well, does not tarnish as well as important depending on what 1 you buy and/or whom a person render information technology to.
    hermes h bracelet replica

  • cheap marmot jackets says:

    It appears that you’ve put a fine amount of effort into your piece and I demand a lot more of these on the World Wide Web these days. I truly got a kick out of your post. I do not have a bunch to to say in reply, I only wanted to register to say phenomenal work.
    cheap marmot jackets

  • Maddison says:

    What’s up colleagues, how is everything, and what you wish for to say about this
    post, in my view its actually awesome in support of me.wholesale nba jerseys China

  • moncler jackets online says:

    Super story indeed. My friend has been awaiting for this content biggest failure of all time
    moncler jackets online

  • cinture hermes outlet says:

    sopra di me sciami con gli angeli, avendo Kitty sotto di essa! Stavamo tornando a casa dal servizio pomeridiano, Kitty e io ho amanticipating per lei era la signorina Schuyler allora, ma non importa. Abbiamo wereA CATTEDRALE COURTSHIP22walking attraverso i campi, mentre la signora Benedetto e la zia Celia weredriving. Come ci siamo imbattuti in un angolo del pezzo di terra prato che joinsthe stabile e del giardino, abbiamo sentito un boato soffocato, e come abbiamo guardato roundwe visto una creatura con gettando le corna e agitando la coda facendo per noi, headdown, gli occhi lampeggianti. Kitty ha dato un grido. Ci siamo capitati per essere vicino a una coppia oflow bar. Ho bevuto stato un atleta di college per niente. Mi voltai Kittyover bar, e saltai dopo di lei. Ma lei, non sapendo in lei frightwhere era né quello che stava facendo; supponendo, anche, che il madcreature, come il cattivo nel
    cinture hermes outlet

  • uk red bottoms shoes says:

    I have bought the brand name of bracelet some instances. Every single a person is ultra cute, done well, does not tarnish and/or significant based on which one particular you buy and whom one render that it in order to.
    uk red bottoms shoes

  • cheap nike roshe run says:

    We have bought this one brand name concerning bracelet a few period. Every single one is super cute, has made very well, cannot tarnish furthermore meaningful depending on which kind of an you purchase as well as who you provide it on.
    cheap nike roshe run

  • mulberry outlet coupon says:

    Handy info
    mulberry outlet coupon

  • Elena says:

    Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment
    (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what
    I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I’d really appreciate nhl jerseys free shipping

  • Factory Christian Louboutin says:

    This is a attention-grabbing post by the way. I am going to go ahead and bookmark this post for my sis to check out later on tonight. Keep up the superior work.
    Factory Christian Louboutin

  • cheap nike roshe run says:

    Your product is in such a very good cost I do not attention ones top quality would be therefore excellent. It’s striking. Our mama might really like that it upon Christmas morning where she starts present therefore looks as though I spent a lot more, and yet cost ended up being only very good!!
    cheap nike roshe run

  • LK Bennett sale says:

    This is great stuff, its sweet to be in the know.
    LK Bennett sale

  • lv store location says:

    Your page is great! You sure do know how to keep your audience entertained. Im so glad that I took the time to look at this blog, because let me tell you. Thanks.
    lv store location

  • cheap ecco shoes says:

    corine genuflect fawdon broadminded outkast fook recapitulate penetrator iwanowitsch
    cheap ecco shoes

  • cartier juste un clou replica says:

    I’ve purchased our brand name concerning bracelet various instances. Every one is ultra cute, made very well, cannot tarnish as well as meaningful depending on that definitely one you buy as well as who we award it on.
    cartier juste un clou replica

  • coach bags outlet says:

    Look what I discovered on my roommates PC siki izle!
    coach bags outlet

  • Jan says:

    hello!,I like your writing so so much! share we communicate extra about your post on AOL?
    I require an expert in this area to resolve my problem.

    May be that is you! Taking a look ahead to see

  • Jan says:

    hello!,I like your writing so so much! share we communicate extra about your post on AOL?
    I require an expert in this area to resolve my problem.
    May be that is you! Taking a look ahead to see you.

  • coach handbags outlet online says:

    This blog site is extremely cool. How can I make one like this ?
    coach handbags outlet online

  • Maribel says:

    Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content!wholesale nhl jerseys

  • Jewell says:

    What i do not realize is in truth how you’re now not actually a lot more smartly-liked than you may be right now.
    You’re so intelligent. You realize therefore considerably in relation to this topic, made me individually believe
    it from so many varied angles. Its like men and
    women are not interested except it’s one thing to do with Woman gaga!
    Your personal stuffs outstanding. At all times maintain it up!cheap
    basketball jerseys from China

  • michael kors outlet store says:

    How do i extend the range on the Wireless N router? Weve an Xtreme N instant router (Dlink). I should extend the reach belonging to the wireless signal. I learn how to do it for a new G signal. I want to find out how to do it for an N transmission. Is it possible to use regular N routers while repeaters. If so, how to configure them. Thanks for any information.
    michael kors outlet store

  • cheap louboutin shoes replica says:

    We have purchased the brand name to bracelet a number of circumstances. Every one is ultra cute, has made well, does not tarnish additionally meaningful depending on that single you purchase and which we promote that to.
    cheap louboutin shoes replica

  • Lupe says:

    Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to
    follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new baseball
    jerseys free shipping

  • Cheapest Louis Vuitton says:

    Glorious read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on that. And he actually purchased me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good source like this.
    Cheapest Louis Vuitton

  • factory coach online says:

    Talented website, Fastidious feedback that I can tackle. I am transferring ahead and can apply to my present job as a pet sitter, which could be very satisfying, but I must further grow expand. Regards
    factory coach online

  • hermes bracelet replica says:

    I’ve bought this one brand regarding bracelet a few days. Every one is ultra cute, created very well, does not tarnish as well as meaningful depending on that any you buy and also whom one offer this towards.
    hermes bracelet replica

  • hermes belt replica says:

    I’ve bought this brand name regarding bracelet a number of times. Every one is super sweet, created very well, does not tarnish as well as significant based on that a person you buy then which a person render things and.
    hermes belt replica

  • canada goose outlet online says:

    Awseome article, I am a big believer in leaving comments on blogs to help the blog writers know that theyve added something useful to the innertubes!
    canada goose outlet online

  • hermes bracelet replica says:

    We have bought the brand name concerning bracelet various occasions. Every single one is super pretty, created very well, cannot tarnish and/or important based on what any you buy plus just who your give information technology towards.
    hermes bracelet replica

  • cheap ecco outlet says:

    mayhem rumour marmalard technicality sylphlike ninuza sommars beas stimulus waves asmara cinder electroencephalogram dimsal toomines laurels
    cheap ecco outlet

  • red bottom shoes replica says:

    This particular device was with such a ideal cost I not idea on high quality is so that exceptional. Its beautiful. This mom will likely prefer that it regarding Christmas time day when she starts gifts and it appearances like I spent much more, but prices is exclusively very good!!
    red bottom shoes replica

  • cheap north face says:

    Hi there may I use some of the information here in this post if I provide a link back to your site?
    cheap north face

  • cartier love ring replica says:

    We have purchased this one brand to bracelet a number of instances. Every single a person is super sweet, manufactured well, cannot tarnish and significant based on which an you purchase and also who we promote that to.
    cartier love ring replica

  • Alena says:

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to
    my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite
    some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and
    I look forward to your new updates.

  • roberto cavalli store says:

    that youre Im sure there will be hundreds of people that appreciate this information. This is my very first comment, I think I like this!
    roberto cavalli store

  • Carol Vyhonsky says:

    Thank you, Dr. Effrem!

  • Joel says:

    @Karen Bracken
    There will obviously need to be something included with the voucher program that guarantees a private schools right to continue use of whatever curriculum they choose, and definitely clarifying they shall NOT be required to meet any federal or state regulations tied to any of this title nine garbage about bathrooms and transgender policy…I think the president knows what private schools expect, no integrity based school will accept a dime without these assurances locked in stone.

    • Laura says:

      The private schools already signed up for next year because the vouchers have the string attached to them already. After two years of going private school now they are turning to Ed Choice. I do not use vouchers so I opted her out of the test IN THE PRIVATE school this year. If a school takes the vouchers they have to take the tests and be put in a data bank. I don’t have any other options after this year!!!! Call any private school and they will tell you.

    • Karen Bracken says:

      Sorry but they will need to change ESSA and the Interagency Day Care Act because both require any school that takes vouchers to abide by state and federal mandates. Vouchers is how they will suck private and home school into the web. That is a fact. The rest is propaganda, lies and deceit. This is how they got Goals 2000, NCLB, RTTT passed……by lying and deceiving. By the time we find out it is too late and they know it. Lets not fall for it again.

  • Michael Bohr says:

    BTW. Scott H… The budget was not “cut”. What happened was the RttT grants ran out, which as you know were Robbed from the TARP funds to pay for. USED’s budget was not cut… A particular slush fund dried up.

  • Michael Bohr says:

    I was not and am not happy with DeVos as USED Sec… However, this is a step
    In the right direction and a big one at that. There is much to be cautious about, for sure, but I’m a angle father with full custody and I can’t afford private or homeschooling… And my kids need out of the current system! My oldest (a junior) will survive it but my youngest ((8th gr) is being destroyed. I don’t have time to wait for something better… Because something better will not be coming! Especially fro Lamaar Alexander, the GOP or the DNC.

    The details still have to be laid out but m willing to give trump a chance on this, based on what I see so far. Keeping ESSA/ESEA intact in its current form is a horror show. Here’s the bottom line:
    More of
    The same or a
    Diminished USED

  • Scott H says:

    Actually between 2006 and 2007 the DOE budget was cut by almost $33 Billion. And from 2010 to 2011 it dropped about $19 Billion.

    Budget 2006 – $100,047,663 (thousands)
    Budget 2007 – $ 67,124,090 (thousands)

    Budget 2010 – $63,009,432 (thousands)
    Budget 2011 – $43,901,252 (thousands)
    Don’t pay any attention to the fact the budget shows NEGATIVE mandatory spending in 2011 (wonder how they did that)

    Source The Department of Education-

  • Karen Bracken says:

    I think what surprised me most of all was the title of this article. You might have called it Trump’s Education Budget Offers SOME Good News for Parents. I wouldn’t have reacted as I did because the title of an article sets the mood for a persons reaction to the content. I agree his budget does offer SOME good things but the Choice piece to me overrides anything good about the cuts. It will be devastating. We cannot believe a word that comes out of their mouths. Remember DeVos and Jeb Bush are closely tied together.

  • Karen Bracken says:

    I am very surprised that you are supporting the DeVos/Trump school choice (with some trepidation). Public funds used for private schools will only provide choice of location not what children are learning. ESSA still stands as law and if a private school takes federal money they are now owned by the federal government. Their idea of choice and what parents THINK they mean are two different things and this is how we get sucked up in their agenda and lies. Closely watch them??? What will happen is by the time we catch on it will be too late. DeVos already said ESSA did away with Common Core. No sorry but what they need to do is shut down the department and return ALL education decisions and money to the state and local boards. These people CANNOT be trusted. They lie, they implement, we find out they lied, we fight back but it is too late. We obviously have not learned a darn thing since the deception of Goals 2000, NCLB and RTTT. And now this.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *