Despite rising coronavirus case numbers — and rising public concern — federal and state leaders want and expect schools to reopen in just a few weeks.
“It’s not a big subject, young children have done very well in this disaster that we’ve all gone through,” Trump told governors Monday, according to ABC News. “So a lot of people are thinking about the school openings.”
The issue received a one-sentence mention Tuesday night. One topic did not: the fate of the “Dreamers,” students and adults in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Idaho simply cannot afford to absorb the costs we would incur if a version of this budget is approved by Congress,” Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy director Lauren Necochea said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, state superintendent Sherri Ybarra invited Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to come to Idaho and see the effects of potential budget cuts firsthand. Six weeks earlier, Ybarra’s tone was dramatically different.
The Trump budget proposes a $1.4 billion shift into school choice programs. In an about-face, Republican state superintendent Sherri Ybarra said the proposed $9 billion in cuts are unacceptable.
The White House will release its 2017-18 budget proposal Tuesday. President Trump wants to cut the U.S. Department of Education budget by 13 percent.
President Trump wants Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to scrutinize the feds’ role in K-12. Ultimately, however, the process could prove to be more symbolic than substantive.
State superintendent Sherri Ybarra defends the White House’s proposals to cut after-school and teacher training programs, saying they are based on research.
In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Trump said disadvantaged families “should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.”