The president’s budget proposal makes many cuts to public schools, while at the same time putting public funding into private schools. Our district would see many impacts from this budget proposal, particularly in programs that support low income students and our work to close opportunity gaps.
These are just a few of the impacts that this federal budget would have on Madison Schools.
Community Learning Centers
The president’s budget proposal eliminates Community Learning Centers.
Community Learning Centers are designed to be an extra support to close opportunity gaps. They provide after school and summer learning opportunities for students living in poverty. In Madison, Community Learning Centers provide supports in schools with the percentage of low income students above the district’s average.
This includes opportunities for academic support working with classroom teachers or tutors, as well as recreation and academic enrichment.
In Madison, Community Learning Centers are run by MSCR in 13 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and one high school, serving more than 800 students. Of those students, 94% increased their text reading level and 66% increased by more than two levels. Madison receives $1.3 million in funding for Community Learning Centers.
Read more about Community Learning Centers here.
The budget proposal also eliminates the AmeriCorps program.
Madison schools host several AmeriCorps projects in service of our students. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
MMSD’s Schools of Hope, Partners for After School Success (PASS) and Achievement Connections tutoring programs are possible thanks to CNCS/AmeriCorps funding. In the 2015-2016 school year alone, the collective impact of AmeriCorps was impressive: 37 schools served, 511 community volunteers mobilized, 2,221 students tutored for 28,849 hours of tutoring.
The partnership with CNCS started almost 20 years ago and has grown to include the tutoring projects as well as other projects that serve our students and schools such as Farm To School, RSVP, and Foster Grandparents.
These hundreds of volunteers make countless contributions to our school communities.
Title II, Part A: Federal Funding to Support Educator Training
Public schools would also lose Title II funding under this budget proposal.
Title II, Part A is used to recruit highly qualified teachers. It is also used for training and mentoring of current staff to ensure teachers remain highly qualified. Title IIA programs offer opportunities to ensure that students have the very best teachers and principals to support their academic achievement.
Through teacher training programs in core academic areas, new teacher induction programs, principal training and more, Title IIA helps ensure that students have the support of the best educators.
Madison receives $1.16 million in funding for these important programs.
Increases to Private Schools and Charter Schools
While cutting funding to public schools, the president’s budget proposal would invest $1.4 billion into private schools, with a plan to build up to $20 billion annually.
This includes $250 million to private school choice and $168 million for charter schools this year, while at the same time cutting programs that help to support students living in poverty and close achievement gaps in public schools.
This budget proposal represents dramatic increases of taxpayer dollars going into private schools and cuts being made to public schools.
If you are concerned about the impact of the budget proposal, you may contact your congressional representatives.
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