Trump's Plan to Shut Down the Department of Edudcation Could Eliminate Over 490,000 Teaching Jobs



By Andrew Pillow

Donald Trump has thrown out a lot of ideas during his campaign. A few of them have to do with cutting the “waste” in several government organizations, including the Department of Education.

Will Ragland and Ulrich Boser of, in no uncertain terms, take issue with this proposal and sum up the reasons why it may be a bad idea.

According to the article, ramifications of Trump’s plan include:

  • “8 million students every year would lose Pell grants
  • 490,000 or more teacher positions could be eliminated
  • $1.3 trillion in student loans would be at risk
  • 9 million low-income students would lose $15 billion of Title I funding annually
  • 5 million children and students with disabilities would lose $12.7 billion used every year to ensure that they receive a quality education
  • 750,000 or more students from military families, Native American students, students living in U.S. territories, and students living on federal property or Native American lands would lose $1.1 billion per year for their schools
  • 4,000 or more rural school districts would lose more than $175 million used annually to help improve the quality of teaching and learning in many hard-to-staff schools
  • $700 million used by states to support the 5 million English language learners currently in public schools—representing close to 10 percent of all students—would be cut”

The article also includes an interactive map to show how each state will be effected.

According to the Article Indiana would lose “9,906” teaching jobs

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.