The federal government is expected to give schools a $3.8 billion infusion to bolster the nation’s education system over the next three years, but the money could be a boon to some struggling schools.
In his first budget proposal, President Donald Trump outlined a vision for a “nationalized” education system that would make it easier for teachers to teach students in their own schools and that would encourage schools to make more choices for students.
The administration would provide $1.9 billion for the National School Lunch Program, which would be supplemented by $1 billion for other federal aid.
The $3 billion in new aid for schools is part of a larger $2.1 trillion in federal stimulus funds that Congress is expected next month to give to states.
The proposal is also aimed at providing additional funding for state and local education programs, as well as money to improve technology, such as teachers’ computers and iPads.
But it is unlikely to be enough to fix the nation´s struggling schools, according to an analysis of federal spending by the nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The analysis, which found that state and school spending were among the top spending priorities for 2018, found that the vast majority of education spending in the United States is focused on high-poverty schools.
The study, released Thursday, noted that the Trump administration has promised to spend an additional $500 million to improve schools in the next year, but that money is largely going toward building schools in urban areas and for schools that have long had problems with low-performing students.
In addition, the report found that in 2017, states had $11 billion less in funding for schools than they did in 2016.
That means that the federal government was spending an average of $2,500 per student in the 2018-19 school year.
The report, released by the liberal-leaning think tank, said that the lack of funding for high-performing schools is likely due to the Trump White House not having enough money to put into them and because schools have been struggling for years.
The Center on Education Priorities analyzed federal spending for the year of 2017-18 and the first five months of 2018-2019, the most recent data available, to determine the extent to which states and local governments have had to devote more resources to their schools.
It found that only four states and the District of Columbia had more money available for their school systems than they had in 2017-2018.
The states were Texas, South Dakota, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
The federal spending increase for schools was the second major increase in federal aid since the start of the new fiscal year in early April.
The White House has promised $1 trillion for education over the coming years, which is the largest stimulus package Congress has offered in recent memory.
The funding package also would boost support for schools by increasing the number of teachers and staff, increasing the percentage of students in special education, and expanding the types of programs that students can participate in.
Trump, a former private equity executive, also plans to increase the number and types of jobs that students in disadvantaged schools can get and invest more in the education system, including by increasing funding for Head Start programs, expanding school lunch programs and investing in more technology to improve students learning.