CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request to Congress:

“CoSN strongly opposes President Trump’s misguided proposal to eliminate the bipartisan Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program. Congress established the program to encourage local innovation, which would support STEM education, develop open educational resources and identify other specific local needs. 

“However, the President’s budget, ironically, would cut one of the largest existing sources of STEM funding only months after announcing a major STEM initiative. 

“Now is not the time to walk away from SSAE grant investments. They are critical in providing our students with the technology and training required to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.”