The ink had hardly dried on Trump’s executive order promising continued support for HBCUs when he dropped his ‘skinny budget’ in March.
Those paying attention to its fine print, i.e. 1.5 pages on education, noticed Trump’s true intentions for public education, especially Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
Trump proposes a 13 percent decline in funding to the U.S. Department of Education, with higher education programs comprising most of what will be sliced. Trump’s “budget blueprint” is lawnmower budget cutting disguised as meticulous evidence-based policymaking. It eviscerates funding primarily to college-access programs on the grounds that these programs have not proven their effectiveness.