Weekly News Brief 3/10-3/16 Here’s What Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposal Means for Higher Ed | Crowdfunding guide helps districts develop safe, effective practices

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Here’s What Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposal Means for Higher Ed - By Terry Nguyen, The Chronicle for Higher Education

President Trump's proposed federal budget for the 2020 fiscal year, unveiled on Monday, includes a $7-billion cut for the Department of Education, a streamlined repayment process for student loans, and the elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

The proposal, for the fiscal year that begins on October 1, is unlikely to be enacted in a divided Congress. But, as is the case every year, the wish list does signal the White House's priorities, including those for higher education.

This year's proposal is yet another effort by the administration to streamline the student-loan system, which could bring down costs for taxpayers and students, said Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University. But the department and the president, he said, "have little ability to change the terms of federal student loans," a process that must involve Congress.


Crowdfunding guide helps districts develop safe, effective practices – By Amelia Harper, Education Dive

Chiefs for Change has released a new guide to help schools and districts use crowdfunding effectively, safely, and equitably, and to develop policies concerning approval, collections, ownership and tracking of results.

EdSurge, the organization that developed the guide, consulted more than 40 educational and crowdfunding experts in the process and determined that education leaders' major concerns include whether crowdfunding may violate district policies or state laws, that it causes confusion regarding the ownership of resources obtained through crowdfunding, creates legal issues, raises equity concerns and fails to align with school district priorities.

The guide seeks to answer these questions as well as provide guidance about how crowdfunding best works in education, how to create policies that provide transparency and accountability, and how to choose crowdfunding platforms that best align with school district priorities and needs.

Though funding for schools is slowly recovering from the recession, this funding rarely reaches the classroom in a way that teachers can use to implement special projects or gain needed supplies. In some cases, teachers want to gain access to technology or resources they feel will improve the learning experience and create more hands-on opportunities for students. Some teachers want to raise funds for field trips or other experiences they feel will broaden their students' knowledge. Other teachers are simply trying to help meet basic student needs for school supplies or clothing.