Make Your Voice Heard on the Budget!

  • Make Your Voice Heard on the Budget!

    Matt Larson, NCTM President
    May 23, 2017

    Today, the Trump administration provided more details for its FY 2018 federal budget and the news we heard in March hasn’t gotten any better. The plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives includes zero funds for professional development funding important to states and math teachers, zero funds to support innovative programs and partnerships at colleges of education nationwide, zero funds for an important new block grant program that supports locally determined needs and programs, including STEM education efforts, and proposes cutting career and technical education programs, despite the President’s stated affinity for such programs.  

    NCTM will be telling Congress to reject the proposal and to continue to support the $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (this program and associated funds are authorized in Title II of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the $43 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant program, career and technical education and to find more than the $400 million that is in the FY 2017 budget for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant program (authorized in Title IV, Part A of ESSA) that could be beneficial to teachers and students nationwide, if its funding level matched its promise.  NCTM and its members look forward to working with Congress and the White House to ensure that needs of mathematics teachers, teacher educators, and the students they teach are adequately addressed in a final FY 2018 federal spending plan.

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    Audrey Martells - 7/3/2017 4:27:42 PM

    Frankly speaking, I don’t understand how something like that could happen. I’m sure that the education is one of the most important spheres and it deserves significant investment. How can the nation be strong and successful if not enough funds are invested in education? I’m sure that the education is the most important investment the government has to make so I don’t understand decisions made by Trump. It’s necessary to invest money in education and make it affordable to everyone. Otherwise, borrowing money will be that's what you need and people will have to get in debt even to send their kids to school.