President Trump is proposing budget cuts of just over $7 billion for federal education programs. Though Congress consistently rejects such cuts, an education researcher believes the president is doing the right thing.
Washington has spent an estimated $2 trillion over more than 50 years in an effort to narrow the achievement gap between upper-income and lower-income students, according to the Daily Signal. In an article for that news site, Heritage Foundation research associate Mary Clare Amselem says the effort has totally failed, despite the massive spending.
"These programs have not moved the needle for low-income Americans or for minorities," she asserts. "In fact, the status quo has remained the same for quite a long time, and so pouring money into these ineffective programs only hurts taxpayers in the long run."
Amselem says most lawmakers in Washington view cuts to education as scandalous.
"If you say you want to cut education spending, then that gets construed into, 'Well you don't really care about education' and 'You don't care about the children who this could be helping.' But the real scandal is that we're pouring trillions of dollars into programs that don't work," she tells OneNewsNow.
When President Trump proposed cuts to education for the 2018 and 2019 budgets, lawmakers not only rejected both proposals but actually increased education spending.