Some questions:

The President's education budget proposal is out cutting a whopping $8 billion and calling it "education freedom!" Huh?

What are these new "teacher vouchers" that are proposed by the Trump budget?

How do other high performing countries prepare and support their teachers?

Washington Update, March 15, 2019


Dear Colleagues:

Happy Spring. Yesterday it hit 74 degrees in DC and that is not from all the hot air surrounding the Capitol and the White House! There is no turning back for my daffodils. The President's FY 2020 budget proposal is out and so a new kabuki dance has begun.

1. President's Budget Proposal Calls for Big Cuts in Education While Promoting New Programs for Choice

The President's education budget was released Monday with the tag line of expanding "education freedom." Sec. DeVos said that:

"This budget at its core is about education freedom - freedom for America's students to pursue their life-long learning journeys in the ways and places that work best for them, freedom for teachers to develop their talents and pursue their passions and freedom from the top-down 'Washington knows best' approach that has proven ineffective and even harmful to students."
Some key highlights of the budget proposal for FY 2020, which begins October 1, 2019, include the following: As you know, when it comes to the federal budget the President proposes and the Congress disposes. In other words, the President's budget is little more than a message about their priorities accompanied by a wish list. The reception from Congress appears to be similar to what it has been the past two years: DOA or "dead on arrival." One congressional office noted that the budget book would be useful as a door stop, but little more. Since the Administration was unsuccessful in securing support for its new voucher proposals with a Republican controlled Congress, it is virtually impossible to imagine support coming from a Congress where one body is controlled by Democrats.

Below is a chart indicating funding levels proposed for selected programs related to teachers, special education and teacher education:

FY 2018 funding FY 2019 Funding President's FY 2020
Title II ESSA $2.056B $2.056B 0
SEED Grants $75M $75M 0
Teacher Quality Partnership $43M $43M 0
IDEA Part B $12.3B $12.3B $12.3B
IDEA Personnel Preparation $83.7M $87.2M $87.2M
IDEA State Personnel Development $38.6M $38.6M $38.6M
IES- Special Ed Research $56M $56M $54M

My take on "teacher vouchers:

Budget proposal for FY 2020:

2. New Resources for Educators

3. Opportunity to Showcase Your Effort to Address the Shortage of Special Education Teachers

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is accepting applications to join a new Networked Improvement Community (NIC) which will showcase efforts of schools and colleges of education to address the shortage of special education teachers. Applications are due April 1. This will be an outstanding opportunity to share best practices and best thinking about how the field is addressing this challenge. Below is a link to the Charter for the NIC, the timeline and the application. Check it out!


Happy weekend! See you on @janewestdc

Jane E. West Ph.D.
Education Policy Consultant
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Twitter: @janewestdc

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