In the last few months we have been with faced troubling news about funding for education both on the local and federal level. Since January, our very own district has been faced with budgetary issues that have had an immediate impact on our schools. On the national level, we are looking at a budget coming out of the Trump Administration that proposes to eliminate Title II Funding which directly impacts funding to prepare, train, recruit and retain teachers, principals, assistant principals and other school leaders among other things. In January, we also saw House Bill - HR 610, also known as "Choices in Education Act of 2017," be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, the bill seems to be stalled in the House, however, it is important for us to remain vigilant in regards to this bill because If passed as is HR 610 would have a devastating impact on things like the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and would repeal healthy nutritional standards mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This Bill would begin to redirect funds from public education into state block grants that can only be used for school voucher programs.
As members of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), we received this email regarding some of the cuts mentioned above and we thought it would be important to share it with you. You can also read an article written by the AFSA regarding all proposed federal cuts to education.
Those that represent us from the local level to the highest levels of the state and federal government need to hear your voice on these issues and all issues facing our students. Now more than ever, our voices need to stand out in support of protecting public education for all.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.