President Trump and Education

Jan 27, 2017 by

Expect changes in your school as new leadership emerges in Washington. 

First…the good news

In September of 2016, Donald Trump stated “This is the new civil rights agenda of our time. The right to a safe community, a quality education, and a secure job.” Although many in the education community are deeply concerned about how changes at the Federal level will effect local schools, there is reason for optimism if increased local control will benefit your school.  Few specifics were offered prior to the election, but the new President is expected to reduce the size and scope of the Department of Education.  The new administration is expected to enact and abide by a plan to reduce federal oversight by eliminating two regulations when a new one is introduced. For school leaders, that could translate into less hassle in the classroom, lunchroom and other areas of school administration.

Now… the bad news

The education philosophy of President Trump and his nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos is squarely situated in the school choice movement.  The cornerstone of Trump’s education plan is a $20 billion investment in school choice programs. For educators who work in charter, parochial and other non-traditional settings, this could indicate additional resources, but for established educators and administrators in traditional schools, expect increasing competition for students and resources.  As the impact of the Department of Education is minimized in coming years, expect less guidance regarding complicated issues such as standardized testing and transgender students.

According to our new President

Here are a few of the “Key Issues” in American education selected from donaldjtrump.com.

  • At the state and federal level, the United States spends more than $620 billion on K-12 education each year. That’s an average of about $12,296 for every student enrolled in our elementary and secondary public schools.
  • At the state and federal level, the United States spends more than $620 billion on K-12 education each year. That’s an average of about $12,296 for every student enrolled in our elementary and secondary public schools.
  • Our students continue to lag behind their peers worldwide in knowledge gained. [American Federation for Children Growth Fund]
  • Among 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found 27 countries outperformed U.S students in math. The same assessment found 17 countries outperformed U.S. students in reading. [National Center for Education Statistics]

Stay informed

Make certain you refer to trusted media outlets to stay abreast of any relevant education policies at the federal level.  You can learn more and sign up for notifications at the Department of Education website (ed.gov) and President’s Trump website (whitehouse.gov).

Comment Below: How is your school or school district reacting to the new policies set forward on the the new president’s agenda?

Keywords: School Choice, K12, Education Reform

 

References

Education. (2016). Retrieved from Trump Pence 2016: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/education

Jr., C. W. (2016, November 22). Donald Trump Promises To Eliminate Two Regulations For Every One Enacted. Retrieved from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/waynecrews/2016/11/22/donald-trump-promises-to-eliminate-two-regulations-for-every-one-enacted/#64a9a8042b87

Trump, D. J. (2015). Crippled America – How to Make America Great Again. New York: Simon & Schuster

Trump, D. J. (2016, September 08). TRUMP OUTLINES BOLD NEW PLAN FOR SCHOOL CHOICE. Retrieved from Trump Pence 2016: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-remarks-on-school-choice

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