U.S. schools face $10 billion in cut due to school closings
A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to the state’s historically black universities.
U.D. Tufts University has already had to shutter its flagship campus, but the ruling could force the University of Texas System to shutter two other campuses in Austin, the state capital and the home of Texas A&M University.
It could also force other universities to make major cuts, including Baylor University and Texas Southern University, the Associated Press reported.
In a brief order filed Wednesday, U.C. Davis University School of Law School Judge Mark Goldsmith said the Trump budget proposed cutting $1.2 billion from the federal Education Department and the U.N. Development Program and $4.5 billion from other programs, including the Department of Homeland Security.
He also ordered the states of Georgia, Texas, and Alabama to reduce their budgets by $2.5 million.
Goldsmith cited the state of Texas, which has a $13.6 billion state budget, as an example of the impact of cuts.
Goldsmith said the cut could lead to an estimated 10,000 layoffs, with an additional 1,000 jobs eliminated through 2021, and as many as 2,500 job losses at universities across the country.
The order came in a lawsuit filed by the National Association of Black Colleges and Universities (NABCU), which has filed a lawsuit against the Trump-appointed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, seeking an injunction that would block the administration from cutting federal funds.
Gold smith said in his order that the Trump plan was based on false and unsupported claims that the education cuts would harm the black community.
“The budget, if enacted, would be a disaster for the African-American community,” Goldsmith wrote.
“It would undermine efforts to improve our education system, including in our most vulnerable communities, and will have devastating consequences for the children of the communities targeted by the cuts.”
Trump has called for the elimination of $2 billion in funding to Historically Black Colleges & Universities, which receive federal funds under the Higher Education Act.
The Trump administration has argued that it needs the funding because historically black colleges face substantial student loan debt.
The lawsuit was filed by NABCU and the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the Department on behalf of the state and school districts in Texas and Alabama.
Trump has also argued that the schools should be given more money because they’re historically black.