Donald Trump achievements: Education

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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to education policy.


In her first six months in office, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had already made a large impact on U.S. education policy, pushing it in a conservative direction as seen in her support for school choice and local control.[1]

Executive actions, 2017

  • February 22, 2017—President Trump rescinded former President Obama's pro-transgender guidelines for schools receiving federal aid that are subject to Title IX.[2] A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama's pro-transgender policies,[3] and earlier that month the DOJ refused to defend the policy or appeal a court-ordered injunction on the policy.[4]
  • April 7, 2017—A Presidential proclamation celebrated this day as "Education and Sharing Day USA" recognizing the conservative principles of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, to use values-based education to drive our Nation's children toward the American Dream.[5]
  • April 26, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order ordering Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to review Department of Education regulations, with the intention of returning power to the states and local governments.[6]
  • May 1, 2017—The Agriculture Department took steps to give schools more flexibility in their school meal plans.[7] On December 6, 2018, the Department announced the finalized rules on the matter.[8]
  • May 22, 2017—Although Education Secretary Betsy DeVos supported school choice and stated the Administration would create a school choice plan, she stated she would not force the states to expand school choice and would let them decide their own policies – this showed the Trump Administration's respect for state sovereignty.[9] It was a wise decision, considering the ability of liberals and Democrats to hijack such a federal program.[10]
  • June 2017—Adam Kissel, a noted critic of the 2011 Title IX "Dear colleague letter" and a strong supporter of free speech, was hired as deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs, and the staff of the Title IX enforcement office was reduced in the 2018 budget.[11]
  • September 22, 2017—Education Secretary DeVos withdrew an Obama-era guidance on how universities much take care of sexual assault accusations as the guidance did not treat students fairly.[12]
  • October 25, 2017—The Trump Administration DOJ filed its second "statement of interest" supporting free speech on college campuses.[13]

Proclamations, 2017

  • January 22–28, 2017—National School Choice Week, as proclaimed by President Trump.[14]


Executive actions, 2018

  • February 2018—It was reported that the Education Department would no longer investigate claims by transgender students of being forced to use the bathroom of their biological gender.[15]
  • May 9, 2018—The Education Department moved to review existing regulations restricting religious universities from receiving federal money – with the intention of changing or removing those regulations – in order to strengthen religious freedom protections for those institutions.[16]
  • By June 2018, the Trump Administration was completing Title IX gender-discrimination complaints at a much faster pace than the Obama Administration.[17]
  • July 3, 2018—The DOJ rescinded seven Obama Administration guidance documents that promoted affirmative action in colleges and universities.[18]
  • July 25, 2018—The Education Department began replacing an Obama-era rule on student loan-forgiveness, which had an unreasonably broad definition of "fraud," with a rule that adopted a definition common in a court of law.[19]
  • August 10, 2018—The Trump Administration began the process of rescinding an Obama-era regulation penalizing for-profit colleges for career programs with a reputation of leaving students in debt, as the Obama-era rule unfairly targeted certain schools simply because of their tax status.[20]
  • November 16, 2018—The Education Department released a new campus sexual misconduct rule which expanded due process for the accused, among other changes.[21]
  • November 2018—The Education Department promoted homeschooling in an official blog post on its website, representing a large shift compared to the Obama Administration.[22]
  • December 6, 2018—The Department of Agriculture announced finalized rules relaxing school lunch requirements.[8]
  • December 21, 2018—The Trump Administration rescinded an Obama-era policy that called on schools to have more lenient school discipline policies for racial minority students compared to white students.[23]

Proclamations, 2018

  • January 21–27, 2018—As in the previous year, President Trump proclaimed this week National School Choice Week.[24]

Other achievements, 2018

  • Trump Administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions[25] and Education Secretary DeVos,[26] strongly spoke out for free speech on college campuses.

Failures, 2018

Many of these failures and setbacks to the MAGA agenda, if not all of them, were caused by Congress or officials in the Trump Administration, rather than President Trump himself:

  • In addition to appointing former Obama Administration and Bush-connected officials to Education Department positions,[27] Secretary DeVos indicated support for a centralized federal education policy, despite education being a state issue.[28] In August 2018, the Education Department was still forcing states to comply with federal mandates despite the opposition of state officials and parents.[29]
  • September 5, 2018—Education Secretary DeVos signed a joint declaration at a G-20 meeting of education ministers that promoted left-wing and globalist policies.[30]
  • Despite promising to reduce the Education Department's budget, congressional Republicans passed, and President Trump signed, the department's largest budget ever in 2018, despite it not enacting any of the Trump Administration's priorities.[31]


Proclamations, 2019

  • January 20–26, 2019—President Trump proclaimed this week National School Choice Week.[32]


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  3. Munro, Neil (February 21, 2017). Donald Trump Junks Barack Obama’s Pro-Transgender Policies. Breitbart. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
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  5. President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 7, 2017, as Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.. Retrieved on June 16, 2017.
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  9. DeVos: 'School choice' will not be mandated by Washington. Fox News. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  10. Berry, Susan, PhD (May 30, 2017). Democrats’ Obsession with PC Agenda Shows Danger of Federal School Choice Program. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
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  17. Hackman, Michelle; Sweedler, Maya (June 22, 2018). Title IX Cases Get Faster Review Under Trump. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
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  19. Hackman, Michelle; Mitchell, Josh (July 25, 2018). Trump Administration Proposes Tightening Rules for Forgiving Student Loans. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
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  22. Newman, Alex (November 29, 2018). Shocking: U.S. Dept of Education Offers Positive View on Homeschooling. The New American (from FreedomProject Media). Retrieved December 1, 2018.
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  26. Anapol, Avery (September 17, 2018). DeVos decries lack of free speech on campuses, says US has 'abandoned truth'. The Hill. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
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  29. Berry, Susan (August 29, 2018). DeVos Education Department ‘Strongarms’ Utah Parents. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
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  32. Proclamation 9837 of January 18, 2019 -- National School Choice Week, 2019. Federal Register. January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.