Trump Administration Suggests Education Budget Cuts for 2018

In mid-March President Trump released the White House’s budget proposal for 2018, which seeks to cut both science and health while increasing military budget.

Congress has final say on this proposal being made by the Trump administration, but here is the breakdown so far on who is getting hit the hardest:

1. Department of Education: 13.5% cut

The U.S. Department of Education faces a $9.2 million cut in funding for 2018. Trump plans on reducing or eliminating 20 programs within the department, including Teacher Quality Partnership and Impact Aid Support Payments.

Additionally, the plan proposes a removal of $2.4 billion in grants for teacher training and $1.2 billion in funding for summer and after school programs.

Overall, decreased funding will make room for one of Trump’s top education priorities: school choice.

Under the new budget, the Trump administration wants to spend $1.4 billion to expand vouchers in public and private schools, leading up to an eventual $20 billion a year in funding.

Trump’s proposed budget also is eliminating $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which provided before- and after-school enrichment, tutoring, and other services.

2. NASA: 1% cut

The Trump administration wants to shift the focus of NASA toward human exploration, planetary science, aeronautics and commercial activities.

At the same time, the Department of Earth Science faces a $100 million in cuts, which means less funding for research grants and the termination of some missions to explore the planet.

Cuts are also occurring when it comes to the robotic satellite refusing missions.

What the president would eliminate in current NASA spending is the entire NASA education office, which is a $115 million lose. That office runs camps and supports internships and outreach to boost the number of women and minorities in STEM fields.

3. Department of Agriculture 21% cut

The White House plans on having services like water waste management, water infrastructure in rural communities and food aid be replaced by private sector financing or though EPA support.

Programs like food stamps and wildfire preparedness aren’t seeing any cuts and are receiving full funding, but programs like McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) could see a $400 million reduction of funding.

The cutting of these programs could have a direct effect on low-income families and how they provide for their children. Low-income families relay on programs such as WIC that provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women.

4. National Institutes of Health: 19% cut

Biomedical research and public health are among the big losers in the Trump administration’s proposed budget.

The 5.8 billion cut in funding for the training of doctors and scientists could affect research and development of treatments for cancer, obesity, and mental health disorders.

A “major reorganization” in the National Institutes of Health, which supports most of the nation’s research on diseases and treatments is a part of the 2018 plan, as well. The Department of Health and Human Services faces the largest cut out of all the departments mentioned in the budget by the White House—$15.1 billion


Natalie Yera

Natalie Yera

Natalie Yera is in her first year of the M.A. program in publishing and writing at Emerson College. She recently returned from spending five months studying in London and a month backpacking through parts of Eastern and Western Europe. She is originally from Buffalo, New York. Follow her at @NatalieYera.