Trump’s Budget Further Harms Vulnerable Students and Job-Seekers

The Trump Administration’s proposed budgets for the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) are, as predicted, harmful policy prescriptions for low-income students and students of color. The budget’s proposed reforms would reduce these students’ ability to access and afford the critical education and training programs that increase their employability and productivity in the workforce. The budget does so under the guise of “flexibility” and consolidation and through further disinvestment in programs that support these students. It also introduces new program ideas at ED, some of which could benefit students, but others lack significant details necessary for evaluating their consequences.