Teach For America Statement on the Announcement of the Trump Administration’s FY18 Budget

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New York, N.Y., May 23, 2017—Teach For America today released the following statement on the announcement of the Trump administration’s FY18 budget:

“Teach For America believes that the federal government has a critical role to play in upholding civil rights and promoting equity for all Americans. We are deeply concerned by President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal, which suggests more than $9 billion in cuts to public education. This includes cuts to many programs, services, grants, and loan forgiveness that primarily serve students from low-income communities and enable their pathway to and through college.

Teach For America partners with schools and communities in 53 regions, serving 90% children of color, the majority in low-income communities. We believe these proposed cuts will obstruct the Department of Education’s ability to promote access to an excellent public education for all students, regardless of their racial or economic background. They would jeopardize access to high-quality teachers and to desperately needed wrap-around services for the most vulnerable students.

Democrats and Republicans came together in 2015 and reauthorized the Every Student Succeeds Act with overwhelming bipartisan support.  This law in its opening lines states that a key purpose and intent is: ‘to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.’ The Trump Administration’s budget falls short of meeting that bipartisan goal.

The president’s FY18 budget also eliminates the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)—the agency that runs AmeriCorps and other essential national service programs. The elimination of these programs would be felt severely in schools across the country, as about half of national service funding is directed to education efforts to ensure that children have access to an excellent, equitable education. Eliminating AmeriCorps would significantly impact Teach For America’s mission of building a diverse network of leaders committed to educational equity. AmeriCorps Education Awards reduce the financial barriers to service, enabling Teach For America and other organizations to provide a route to service in our nation’s urban and rural communities. 

A budget is a statement of national priorities, and this proposal reflects clearly misplaced federal priorities. We urge Congress to improve upon this budget and strengthen America’s commitment to education and national service.”

About Teach For America
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. Corps members are teaching today in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. They join more than 12,000 alumni educators in a teaching force of 19,000 and an overall 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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