Trump cuts education budget, limiting student choices


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Deep cuts to education funding may affect schools throughout the country.

The Trump administration will allocate $1.4 billion to expand vouchers in public and private schools. According to The Atlantic, about $250 million will be allocated to a private school-choice program while $168 million is set aside for charter schools. In addition, $1 billion is going to be allocated towards Title I.

The Trump administration wants to allow federal, state and local funding to follow students to the public schools of their choice. This means public schools will still receive funds, however, this discards two programs, the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants and the Century Community Learning Centers program that are meant to help fund districts and learning programs.

For some, this means the end of their education because families will have limited options.

“Having other things that need financial attention is already pocket wrenching,” said Jessica Curtis, a Chico resident and mother. “I wouldn’t be able to afford to put my kids in a private school. I would have to move to an area where free education is offered for my children.”

Deep cuts will have a big impact on families. According to the NCES, the average cost of private school tuition for the 2011-2012 school year was $10,740 per child. That’s a significant burden for a middle-class family.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the national median household income in the United States was $53,657 in 2014. Which means that families would have to spend about 20 percent of their income to send at one child to a private school.

With such limitations from private schools, it’ll be difficult for families to find a school that can fit their financial plan. It can even lead to faculty and staff members losing employment from the absence of students in their areas.

It seems students who graduate with degrees to educate will have a difficult time finding a stable job if more schools continue to shut down.

Chico is lucky enough to not have any of its schools close down so far, but it doesn’t mean our upcoming graduates or new Chico State students won’t be affected, especially when looking to get a degree in teaching.

Alda Cabanillas, fifth year student and liberal studies major, feels that with schools shutting down, it could greatly affect her future once she graduates from Chico State.

“If I decide to move out of Butte County and settle in a city where schools are being shut down, I wouldn’t have much of an opportunity to achieve my career as a teacher,” Cabanillas said. “But I do know there is a teacher shortage in the state of California. That gives me the hope of finding a position as a teacher.”

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