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Leaders Voice Concerns on Trump's Education Policies

September 27, 2017
In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C., – On Tuesday, national leaders voiced their concerns about education in local schools. 

A rally was held on Capitol Hill where lawmakers, community organizations and teachers said they have doubts about the Trump Administration’s education policies.

 Educators, students and lawmakers are demanding action from Washington, D.C. 

Organizers of the rally have concerns about policies under the Trump administration.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, said efforts to shift funding hurts students. 

“The administration wants to take public funding away for private school vouchers. We can not let this administration turn its back on the more than 50 million students that attend our public schools."

The Trump administration said expanding school choice gives more students access to greater educational opportunities and holds schools accountable. But opponents call that a false narrative. 

“We have been battling this false choice of privatizing public school giving public school dollars to private schools for many years. We have never seen it ramped up to this level,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association. 
Garcia said she wants to see more federal funding invested in public education.

Bonamici said as vice ranking member on the Education and Workforce Committee, she’ll work within Congress to help. 

Republicans aren’t backing down, saying they’ll do their part to ensure students have choices and access to a quality education.