RealClearEd Today: Sec. DeVos Set to Testify Before Congress Today; Pres. Trump’s Budget Changes Wouldn’t Affect Those Currently Holding Student Loans

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Good morning, it’s May 24, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

Secretary DeVos is heading to Capitol Hill today to testify before a House appropriations subcommittee on Pres. Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. This will be DeVos’s first public appearance before Congress since her confirmation hearing, and her task won’t be easy – explaining and defending an education budget that would make major cuts to federal programs while greatly expanding school choice. 

EdWeek’s Andrew Ujifusa highlights one of the administration’s new school choice proposals contained in the budget: “A $1 billion cash infusion for Title I’s services for needy children [that] would be earmarked as grants designed to promote public school choice, instead of going out by traditional formulas to school districts. These would be called Furthering Options for Children to Unlock Success (FOCUS) grants."

Ahead of the hearing, the Department of Education already put one area of confusion to rest: the status of those on track for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Education officials made clear that any changes to student loan programs or policies would only affect those taking out loans on or after July 1, 2018. The Washington Post has more details. And here’s a deep dive into how Trump’s budget would affect higher education overall. 

In a new original piece for RealClearEducation, Jonathan Butcher and Liv Finne push back against the persistent calls from teachers’ unions for more education spending. Here’s an interesting piece from Jay Greene on a new study that demonstrates the importance of cultural activities on student success. 

Below are a few more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit

NEWSMAKERS: The Department of Education explains that proposed changes in Pres. Trump’s budget won’t affect those currently holding student loans. 
IN THE STATES: Cal Poly College Republicans invited Lauren Southern to speak and now the school is bracing for protests. 
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