As you might have seen, House Republicans released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget this week -- and to put it very simply, its priorities are pretty different from those in the President's budget. The House GOP would cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, all while slashing investments in the middle class that we know would grow the economy -- particularly in job training, manufacturing, and education.
Their budget would cut funding for pre-k through 12 education by $3.1 billion. This includes a $1.2 billion cut for Title I funding -- money that could fund 4,500 schools, 17,000 teachers and aides, and 1.9 million students.
Earlier this week, the President met with superintendents and other school officials from all across the country. Each of them brought at least one object -- from photos to books to charts -- that represented what this vital funding means to their school districts.
Every American should know exactly what disinvestment in Pre-K through 12 education would mean for school districts around the country. Listen to each of these school leaders describe the vital programs in their districts that Title I helps fund.
Michael O'Neill, Chairperson of the Boston School Committee (Boston, MA)
Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools (Orange County, FL)
Eric Gordon, Superintendent, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (Cleveland, OH)
Valeria Silva, Superintendent, ISD 625 - St. Paul Public Schools (St. Paul, MN)
Kaya Henderson, D.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction (Washington, D.C.)
Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso Independent School District (El Paso, TX)
Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District (San Francisco, CA)
Darienne Driver, Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools (Milwaukee, WI)
Jumoke Hinton, Board Member, Oakland Unified School District (Oakland, CA)
Airick West, Board Member, Kansas City Public Schools (Kansas City, MO)
At a time when it's more important than ever to make sure young people have the skills they need to compete in a modern economy, the House Republican budget would bring per-pupil education funding to its lowest levels since 2000.
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