AFSA President’s Statement on President Trump’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

President Trump released his budget for Fiscal Year 2018 on May 23. AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement in response:

“President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget request is a reverse Robin Hood Budget. It slashes and decimates programs for the most vulnerable Americans, while stuffing the pockets of the uber-wealthy,”

“As school leaders, AFSA members are responsible for leading our nation’s public schools, for supporting teachers and staff, and for providing all children with a high quality education. This budget will severely disrupt these efforts, by stripping away much needed funding from states and districts, just as they are working to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),”

“The audacity of this proposal is almost hard to comprehend. The drastic cuts to Education, Medicaid, Social Security, and other programs that low-income and middle-class families rely on are worse than anticipated. It is a blueprint that is completely contrary to candidate Trump’s populist message, and that will harm the very people he purported to assist,”

“AFSA will be sure to do everything in our power to reject this proposal, and to make sure Congress understands the necessary investments to move our nation forward.”