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Education Groups Reject Trump Budget Proposal

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018   

LAS VEGAS – Some education advocates are criticizing President Donald Trump's new 2019 budget proposal because it zeroes out funding for several programs that benefit students.

The $4.4 trillion budget increases defense spending but envisions deep cuts in domestic spending. For example, it would eliminate the Gear Up program, which helps kids fill out college applications and access financial aid.

Sylvia Lazos, policy director for the group, Educate Nevada Now and professor of law at UNLV, says the program targets kids who are the first in their family to go to college.

"College access is the key to upward mobility, and it is the key for Nevada and Las Vegas in particular to become a more diversified economy," she says. "We really need our young people to have access to college and to become trained in something other than service-industry jobs, the casino industry."

Lazos notes that 60 percent of the students in Clark County qualify for free- and reduced-price lunch, so they come from working-class families that would benefit from the Gear Up program. Trump has said the cuts are necessary to fund other higher-priority programs.

Trump's budget also would eliminate the 21st-Century Community Learning Center grants, which help schools implement technology education and add more tech such as Chrome books to their schools.

"They have been very good in Clark County and have yielded high productivity for these schools that have been able to get them, in terms of improving their scores and for really helping kids focus on what we need for a 21st-century workforce," she explains.

The budget proposal would also eliminate funding for PBS, which produces quite a bit of educational programming. The president's budget is an outline that will be considered by Congress as it works on the budget for fiscal year 2019.


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