|AFT president Randi Weingarten talks to students |
Monday in McDowell County, West Virginia (Quinn photo)
Proposed cuts would hurt rural areas in states like West Virginia, where Trump easily defeated Hillary Clinton. The budget would reportedly cut federal funding for a national afterschool program that provides kids—like those at Southside K-8 where Weingarten was visiting—with food, education and transportation home afterward, Quinn writes. "The plans would simultaneously put more federal funding toward charter schools and for vouchers students could use to attend private schools, including religious schools."
The budget consists of "a $10.6 billion cut from federal education initiatives, with about $1.4 billion of the savings going to 'school choice' initiatives," Quinn writes. In many rural areas students only have one school to choose from. Cheryl Cruey, a teacher in Southside’s afterschool program, said she didn’t know of any nonpublic schools in McDowell County.
|McDowell County, |
West Virginia (Wikipedia map)
"Trump is expected to propose eliminating the $1.2 billion in funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which serves about 1.6 million students nationwide," Quinn writes. AFT said 21st Century grants provided funds for afterschool programs at five schools in McDowell County. Quinn notes, "At Southside, the funding supports two to two-and-a-half hours of afterschool programming four days per week" that served 195 students this school year.