President Trump’s Proposed 2021 Budget Would Overhaul ESSA Programs

President Trump’s Proposed 2021 Budget Would Overhaul ESSA Programs

February 11, 2020

As Naaz Modan reports for Education Dive, President Trump’s draft budget proposal for 2021 would “cut key K-12 programs while funding private school scholarships.” Overall, the President’s budget proposal would provide the Department of Education with a $66.6 billion in funding in 2021, “7.8% or $5.6 billion less than the previous year.” One of the biggest changes is a restructuring of the Elementary and Secondary education Act into a $19.4 million block grant that would consolidate major programs, including the Every Student Succeeds Act’s Title I and Title II. The proposed budget would also invest “an additional $100 million in funding in special needs” as well as other priorities, such as Education Freedom Scholarships, an initiative Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos “has been pushing since last year.”