AD: Educated: A Memoir

President Trump's victory on Novmber 8, 2016 came with taking over a challenged American education system that spent $12,731 per student (fifth highest in the entire world) but lags far behind in academic achievment and a very unpopular federally mandated Commom Core program. How will Trump try to improve the American education system?

*Update: The Trump administration approved college loan forgiveness, eliminating $322 million dollars in loan debt to help historically black colleges recover from the 2005 Katrina and Rita hurricanes; Also signed executive order decreasing the role of federal government, giving more decision making power to local communities.

4/26/17: President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at decreasing the role of the federal government in education while giving states and local school districts more power over decision-making. This was a big first step in the right direction to giving local communities the power to improve education performances. Like in many cases, the federal government is failing miserably when it comes to managing effectively. 

​6/26/17: President Donald Trump donated the second quarter of his salary to the Department of Education.

​9/25/17: President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to expand access to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). The memorandum directed at least $200 million a year to technology education grants for women and minorities.

3/3/18: Trump makes push for youth team sports in executive order.  The order stated "My Administration aims to expand and encourage youth sports participation, and to promote the overall physical fitness, health, and nutrition of all Americans. Ivanka Trump wrote in an op-ed for NBC News: "Whether a student aspires to be an Olympic athlete or simply enjoys being a part of a team, youth sports gives children and young adults a unique opportunity to develop their talents, to learn how to work with others, and to persevere in the face of adversity."

3/15/18:  The Trump administration approved college loan forgiveness, eliminating $322 million dollars in loan debt to help historically black colleges recover from the 2005 Katrina and Rita hurricanes.

​3/23/18: Donald Trump's administration formed the School Safety Commission which held its first meeting on March 28th. The commission, formed after the Parkland, Florida, shooting in which 17 people were killed at a high school, is led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, joined by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

3/27/18: President Trump signed bills overturning two Obama-era education regulations. One, initially issued by the Education Department, ended the requirement that federally funded teacher preparation programs be evaluated based on the academic outcomes of those teachers' students. The other bill signed by Trump rolled back a set of rules aimed to outlining how states must carry out the Every Student Succeeds Act. This move once again shows President Trump's committment to turning over the power of schools to local communities and out of the control of the federal government.

7/3/18:  The Trump administration will begin directing schools and colleges to adopt race-neutral admissions standards, reversing Obama-era guidelines that encouraged the use of race to promote diversity.  The Obama era rule encouraged racial bias by pushing schools to base admissions on race instead of merit. It may have been appropriate 40, 30, or perhaps even 20 years ago but not in 2018. Today affirmitive action is considered by many as racist on both sides of the aisle. First it suggests that people of color are not as qualified as white people and therefore need help to compete. It also is seen has racist toward white people who may be denied due to their race. 

7/31/18:  President Donald Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, The new law allows states to set their own goals for career and technical education programs without the education secretary’s approval, requires them to make progress toward those goals, and makes other changes to federal CTE law. 

10/2/18: Trump touts commitment to school safety with 'historic' funding to stop violence in schools with the "STOP School Violence Act of 2018"

3/2/19:  Trump announces executive order targeting college campuses and free speech. 

3/8/19: The Trump administration has launched a new website to encourage young Americans to consider trade apprenticeships as a viable alternative to a costly and often debt-inducing college education. The site called and explained how it would help young career seekers, educators, and employers.