House Appropriations Committee Democrats today released Republican Appropriations Bills: Shortchanging America's Future, Serving Special Interests that “highlights some of the most damaging funding cuts in the 2016 Appropriations bills, and policy riders that prioritize special interests and politics over hardworking American families.” For education it says: “The United States is far behind many countries in providing access to preschool education, and ranks just 25th in the world in enrollment of 4 year-olds. Early childhood intervention is critical in reducing inequality and narrowing achievement gaps. Yet the Labor-HHS-Education bill would de-fund preschool programs in 18 states, causing 60,000 children to lose access to preschool entirely.
“The Labor-HHS-Education bill also eliminates more than 20 elementary, secondary, and higher education programs, including those that reduce gun violence in schools and increase access to mental health services; support school counselors’ efforts to ensure a safe environment; promote physical education; improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics, and increase literacy. $2.5 billion in net cuts and underfunding of core priorities at the Department of Education will inhibit teachers’ ability to reach students and prevent millions of students from reaching their full potential.”