Teach For America Statement on the Announcement of the Trump Administration's Skinny Budget

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New York City, March 16, 2017—Teach For America today released the following statement on the announcement of the Trump administration’s skinny budget:

“Teach For America is deeply concerned by President Trump’s FY18 budget blueprint, which proposes a 13 percent cut for the Department of Education and the total elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)—the agency that runs AmeriCorps.

While the blueprint is just an outline for a more detailed budget to come, the initial proposed cuts to the Department of Education and total elimination of AmeriCorps would seriously impact Teach For America’s mission of building a diverse network of leaders committed to educational equity. The Department of Education plays a critical role in promoting access to excellent public education for all students, regardless of their racial or economic background. AmeriCorps Education Awards reduce the financial barriers to service, enabling Teach For America to provide a route to service in our nation’s urban and rural communities for a more diverse group of leaders.

America’s students need a government on their side—one that makes investments in education to support improvements in student achievement, spurs innovation, and strengthens American competitiveness.  Based on the size of these proposed cuts, it is unclear that the budget will be able to support these priorities. 

We look forward to working with Congress to ensure that critical investments in education and national service are preserved.”

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Some 6,900 corps members are teaching today in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. They join a Teach For America community that is 53,000 strong, working across every sector to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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