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U.S. House passes historic investment in public schools, rejecting Trump-DeVos cuts

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to begin to reverse the damage done by years of disinvestment in education. The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (H.R. 2740) includes several billion dollars in crucial increases for early childhood, K-12, and higher education programs.

Educators cheered the House decision to raise education spending, which is currently $7 billion below 2011 levels (after adjusting for inflation).

President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos promoted a budget that would have eliminated critical programs that provide professional supports for educators, class size reduction, after-school programs, full-service community schools, and student loan forgiveness.

The nation’s public school students deserve much better, as the House has recognized in its budget.

Here are more details on the increases in the education budget advanced by the House:

  • $1 billion increases in each of two landmark programs that serve the students most in need: Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA)
  • $500 million increase in Title II, which will help reduce class sizes and provide professional development for educators
  • $40 million for full-service community schools, which more than doubles support for this community-led model
  • Making higher education more affordable for students and families, including a $150 increase in the maximum Pell grant
  • Increased investment in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (after-school programs) We urge you to VOTE YES on H.R. 2740 to provide these critical, long-overdue investments in education to help give every student the opportunity to succeed.


157 responses to “U.S. House passes historic investment in public schools, rejecting Trump-DeVos cuts

  1. The House has recognized the financial problem and done the right thing!

    I am a school board member in Arizona, where our state and federal funding for Special Education programs has been declining since 1994. CREATING FOR PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS IS NOT THE ANSWER!!

  2. Thank you to the representatives who truly represent the needs of the people. Education is the number one priority for our future.

  3. As an educator for nearly 50 years. I enthusiastically encourage you to pass all bills that bring public school education to ALL CHILDREN!

  4. As a retired teacher and Title 1 project manager I am please with the investment our country is making in education.

  5. It is great to see that finally we are moving towards the right direction by investing on what matters. It is time to realize that education is what will be the change of many challenges that America faces today such as violence, crime, drugs, poverty, close mindedness. We will witness these changes once our politicians create laws that will allow our schools to be educated properly with the right resources, high qualified professionals with competitive salaries, and assessments that truly measure the skills of our students.

  6. Our future depends on educating all our scholars today from early childhood through technical and or college level.

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