U.S. Senator Thad Cochran--who serves on the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee--is reiterating his desire to find an agreement on funding for federal programs to support education and teacher development.
There was a hearing yesterday to review the FY2018 budget request for the U.S. Department of Education. The budget plan submitted to Congress last month recommends $59-billion for the Education Department, that's an over $9-billion reduction from FY2017.
Cochran is pledging to squeeze through the challenge of taking a hard look at federal education programs, making improvements, and coming up with a bill.
He went on to say that the education of our children is a priority in MS and all our states, and that there are legitimate federal programs to help educate children that should be on the front burner for support.
As part of the hearing, Cochran submitted questions to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that address his concerns about budget proposals to significantly cut or eliminate funding for programs that benefit Mississippi as a rural state.
Specifically, Cochran requested additional information on how the Department of Education will invest in early childhood education, literacy skills, and educator recruitment and development while also proposing to cut programs that benefit those areas.
The subcommittee hearing is only one of many scheduled by the Senate Appropriations Committee to review aspects of the Trump administration budget proposal.