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Impact of President Trump's Proposed Education Budget on Connecticut

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On Monday, May 22, President Donald J. Trump released details of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Termed by the Trump administration as “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget proposal includes a 13.5 percent, or $9.2 billion, cut to federal education spending in FY2018. The proposed cuts include reductions to federal programs and formula grants that support K-12 education, as well as cuts to higher education, including student loan programs. The Connecticut School Finance Project has created a brief summary outlining the impact of the president's budget proposal on Connecticut's K-12 education budget. In total, the president’s proposed budget includes $31.9 million in cuts to federal support for K-12 education in Connecticut for FY2018.

The summary is available at http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Trump-Budget-1-Pager.pdf.

In FY2014 (the latest year available), Connecticut spent nearly $10.5 billion dollars on public education, which came from a combination of state, local, and federal sources. However, federal funds account for a relatively small portion of Connecticut’s total education spending. In FY2017, federal funds for K-12 education in Connecticut accounted for approximately $500 million, or four percent, of the state’s total education spending. 

However, it is important to note that before any provision of the president’s proposed budget is enacted, it must pass both chambers of Congress. As a result, it is highly likely that Congress will make significant changes to the president’s proposal before passing any budget legislation. Notably, Congress has not passed an appropriations bill without a continuing resolution measure since 1996, and this has only happened four times since 1977.