AFT: Trump's budget is cruel to kids

20 June 2017
PSI affiliate in the US, AFT, condemns the US government’s plans to make cuts in the education budget. President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos want to eliminate more than 20 federal K-12 programs, including after-school and summer programs that serve 1.6 million children.

Their budget also would cut $800 billion in Medicaid, a lifeline for students with special needs.

This budget is cruel to kids, AFT President Randi Weingarten told reporters on May 23 when the White House rolled out its plan. She hit back against the $10.6 billion in federal education cuts, which factors in more than $1 billion for vouchers and other school choice experiments, calling the plan catastrophic to public schools while being a windfall for those who want to profit from kids or make education a commodity.

"These cuts are not only callous, they're cruel," Weingarten says. "We are going to fight them in every way we can."

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