How to Survive the $9.2 Billion Cut to the Education Departments Budget

A whirlwind of change is affecting the foundation of our educational department. This fracture to the system has created budget cuts and fallouts, yet extremely transparent and expanding as the fight to establish fair learning in the future continues.

Blaring headlines like these indicate the obvious… in coming years, education is looking bleak. Staying innovative while maintaining stamina is the challenge. Once missed grant opportunities equal happenstance cross functional solutions and unforeseen issues hoping to alleviate the hard cuts to the education department budgets.

“Virginia is $660 million short on higher education funding, SCHEV says.”

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia issued a report to state lawmakers Wednesday that calls for a fresh look at new ways of funding public institutions of higher learning in the face of state spending cuts in eight of the past 10 years.”

“If the next 10 years are similar to the last 10 years for Virginia public higher education, our system is indeed in peril and all options to improve its future should be considered,” SCHEV said in its annual report on tuition and fees.

The U.S. Department of Education directly states; Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United States. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation. The structure of education finance in America directly reflects this predominant State and local role. Of an estimated $1.15 trillion being spent nationwide on education at all levels for school year 2012-2013, a substantial majority will come from State, local, and private sources. This is especially true at the elementary and secondary level, where about 92 percent of the funds will come from non-Federal sources.

This is causing a compelling landscape to the future of Education Funding especially at the State and local level, as well as a distinct keyhole view into the growing pains we see today and how they relate to opportunity.

“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a news release: “It is well past time for Gov. Rauner to stop playing politics with our children’s futures, start demonstrating leadership, and ensure a child’s education isn’t determined by their ZIP Code or his political whims.”

“Some Minnesota National Guard members will lose access to higher education benefits after a recent policy change. “I wouldn’t have been able to make it as a student [without GI money,]” said Mike Purtell, a specialist in the National Guard and a University of Minnesota-Duluth teaching social studies senior.”

Is education hurting our country?

“The idea that more education has somehow hurt America is a concept born out of a “lack of information,” Ohio State University president Michael Drake told the Dayton Daily News. Drake said he would like to “spend some time with those 58 percent of people” to get to the root of their grievances.

Every person in the U.S. has benefited in some way by advancements in technology that colleges and universities helped shape, Drake said.

We are not the country that we are without higher education,” Drake said. “The idea that it’s had a bad effect, that its not positive for the country…That’s not compatible with reality.”

How to balance the long term cost of budget cuts and culture views

The future of education is at the forefront of some massive changes and will lead the way on how we learn in the future, across the board, and across the country. Online Learning trends are capitalizing upon these obviously vulnerable spaces in the education world. That said, the budget battle and negative viewpoint of ‘Higher Education’ in whole, finds itself in the running, ultimately receiving more attention due to its popular demand.

Altogether, from Kindergarten to Masters Degree and beyond, we can literally ‘follow the money’ to decipher where the greatest changes will be in coming years. 

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It’s no secret that Education itself, is undergoing the largest lesson, EVER!

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we explore the creative options on how to survive the Big Budget Cut of Educational America!

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Written by: Chelsie Foster and Kati Mac

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