Donald Trump won the presidency by mobilizing the frustration of non-college educated whites who feel left out and left behind. (Donald Trump will be president of the United States of America. Oy vey.) What now?
On the campaign trail, Trump called for cutting “the power and reach” of the Education Department.
“Education has to be run locally,” he said. “Common Core, No Child Left Behind, and Race to the Top are all programs that take decisions away from parents and local school boards. These programs allow the progressives in the Department of Education to indoctrinate, not educate, our kids.”
He backed school choice, including charters, vouchers and magnet schools.
Trump said he’d make colleges cut tuition. “If the federal government is going to subsidize student loans, it has a right to expect that colleges work hard to control costs and invest their resources in their students,” Trump said. “If colleges refuse to take this responsibility seriously, they will be held accountable.”
He also threatened to end the tax-exempt status of colleges and universities with large endowments and high tuition rates, notes Inside Higher Ed. Colleges need “to spend endowments on their students, not themselves,” Trump said. “They need to use that money to cut the college debt and cut tuition, and they have to do it quickly.”
Trump’s education platform includes making it easier for people to afford vocational and technical training.
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What’s he really going to do? Would Congress go along? I have no idea. Still in shock.
Trump’s victory “leaves widespread uncertainty about what’s in store for public schools,” writes Ed Week.