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President Trump’s budget proposal includes deep cuts to education but funds a new push for school choice.

When pressed by representatives at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declined to say if, when or how the federal government would step in to make sure that private schools receiving public dollars would not discriminate against students. 

She repeatedly said that decisions would be left to school districts and parents.

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President Trump’s budget proposal, released Tuesday, seeks to cut education funding by $9.2 billion overall. It would take away some federal support, such as money for the Special Olympics and a reading initiative, while promoting school vouchers and boosting dollars for charter schools.

To U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the plan is “an historic investment in America’s students.”

To others, it is anything but. Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Assn., called it a “wrecking ball,” California Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said “it fails,” and Obama administration Education Secretary John B. King Jr. called it “an assault on the American dream.”

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California State University’s Board of Trustees, which recently approved a controversial tuition hike, grappled Tuesday with Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, which takes away some additional funding on the grounds that the rise in tuition will cost the state more in aid to low-income students.

Brown’s proposal would reduce additional funding for the system by $4 million to help offset an anticipated increase in such state grants.

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President Trump's budget proposal would cut overall education spending by $9.2 billion and create a new school choice program. California's superintendent of public instruction, Tom Torlakson, excoriated the plan.

“I give this budget an ‘F’ grade for failing public school students in California and across the nation,” Torlakson said in a statement. “This budget fails. Congress needs to send it back, correct these errors, and produce a school budget that makes our great nation proud.”

Torlakson criticized Trump's proposed elimination of certain funding streams, such as those for after-school programs, anti-bullying efforts and academic enrichment services.

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Chapman University has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his master’s degree in business administration.

Judy O'Connor, a retired elementary school teacher, pushed her son, Marty, in his wheelchair for him to receive his degree during commencement Saturday in Orange.

Then a choked-up graduation announcer said the school's faculty, administrators and board of trustees had decided to give her an MBA. The idea for the surprise honorary degree came from her son.

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The University of California, under fire for controversial budget practices, would lose the autonomy it has enjoyed for 138 years under a state constitutional amendment proposed Tuesday.

The amendment suggested by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) would give the Legislature the power to directly fund the UC Office of the President, which is currently supported by campus fees.

Such legislative control was recommended in a recent state audit, which found that central administrators in the office failed to disclose a $175-million surplus, did not adequately justify spending on presidential initiatives and paid unusually generous salaries. UC disputed some findings but has agreed to the audit’s 33 recommended reforms.

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