The new education budget from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would drastically cut public education while funneling hundreds of millions of tax dollars into private religious schools.
In short, the new education budget would decimate public education, while providing big dollars for private religious schools.
The Washington Post reports the new education budget from the Trump administration would “cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives.” More alarming, the budget would funnel hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to private religious schools via vouchers and school choice programs:
The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.
Commenting on the new budget plan to use $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist notes:
That $400 million gift isn’t just about “school choice.” It’s about using taxpayer dollars to fund religious indoctrination.
That’s right: Taxpayer money for the religious indoctrination of children.
For many, the proposed cuts to public education will prove to be a severe hardship. The Washington Post notes:
Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives…
In addition, the new budget “would make space for investments in choice, including $500 million for charter schools, up 50 percent over current funding. The administration also wants to spend $250 million on ‘Education Innovation and Research Grants,’ which would pay for expanding and studying the impacts of vouchers for private and religious schools.”
In other words, more money for religious schools.
The new education budget should not be a surprise. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a radical Christian extremist who wants to use American schools to “advance God’s kingdom.”Previously, when asked about spending taxpayer dollars on private and religious schools, DeVos declared:
There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education…[versus] what is currently being spent every year on education in this country…Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s Kingdom.
Indeed, DeVos is a religious extremist who has made it clear she wants to destroy public education and use taxpayer money to fund Christian schools. She is an anti-secular theocrat with no experience working in public education. However, she has used her immense wealth and influence to try and destroy public education in America.
DeVos never attended public school. She did not send her kids to public school. She has never worked in a public school. She does not have an education degree, and she has never been a teacher. In fact, she has demonstrated an open hostility to public education, and a desire to destroy public education by using taxpayer money to subsidize private, religious schools.
Earlier this year, an alarming report was released by a conservative Christian group with ties to DeVos that advocated for the promotion of Christianity in public schools and putting an end to the Department of Education.
And DeVos is not alone in wanting to use taxpayer to subsidize the religious indoctrination of children. During his address before a joint session of Congress earlier this year, President Donald Trump repeated his campaign pledge to provide taxpayer money to fund private, religious schools.
In other words, the new education budget is simply Trump keeping his campaign promise with the help of DeVos.
Bottom line: The new education budget will fund private religious schools while devastating public education in the United States.