PROVIDENCE R.I., (WPRI) — Meeting Street and other special education programs in Rhode Island are blasting the proposal to cut billions of dollars from the United States Department of Education.
This comes after President Donald Trump backed off a budget request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics due to heavy criticism nationwide. Trump is now proposing an $8.5 billion in budget cuts to the Department of Education.
Sen. Jack Reed attended an event at Meeting Street Friday to outline the impacts the proposed cuts would have in Rhode Island.
“The President’s budget is a mess, but it shows his priorities and he clearly prioritizes building a wall over providing opportunities to students and people with disabilities,” Reed said.
Reed said the state could lose more than $20 million in federal funding for numerous education programs, including Meeting Street, which helps students with developmental disabilities.
“Cutting aid to individuals who need special education makes no sense, it just defies logic,” Mark Marcantano, chief operating officer at Meeting Street, said.