JOE MAY, PRESIDENT, REBUILDING AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS AND CHANCELLOR, DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT REACTS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PROPOSED EDUCATION BUDGET
Washington, DC, May 23, 2017: “Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC): A Coalition of Community Colleges is pleased that the Administration plans to continue Summer Pell for the next budget year. The restoration of Summer Pell has been RAMC’s number one priority since its founding in 2011. Including for students the ability to receive an additional Pell award in the same school year will allow many of our community college students to accelerate their education and graduate sooner with less debt.
However, we are very concerned about the Administration’s proposed cuts to career and technical education programs and the elimination of the Strengthening Institutions program, which are included in the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget submission. The resources provided under these two initiatives allow community colleges, in particular, to ensure that students acquire an education that best enables them to obtain or improve their employment. We hope that Congress does not support these cuts going forward as it develops its FY2018 spending bills.”