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March 15, 2017

South Bend Tribune: Eliminating AmeriCorps would be a short-sighted mistake
By Jennifer Knapp Beudert – America cannot afford to cut the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget. The real potential for damage in the long-term far outweighs the illusion of a few dollars saved now.

March 14, 2017

Sierra Club: AmeriCorps and Youth Education Programs on the Chopping Block
By Jackie Ostfeld – According to a draft budget memo, AmeriCorps has been singled out for complete elimination by the President.

March 13, 2017

Cleveland Plain Dealer: President Trump can unite nation behind expanded national service
By John Bridgeland – As President Trump sets his vision and agenda for the next four years and Republican and Democratic members of Congress and governors work to find common ground, national service could bring them together around a big idea that could help heal a divided nation.

Center for American Progress: Proposed Cuts to AmeriCorps Would Be Devastating for Education Reform
By Lisette Partelow and Kami Spicklemire – Without national service programs and their cadre of dedicated volunteers, education reform could come to a grinding halt, as these programs and services would be far too expensive to provide without the assistance of volunteers. This makes the most recent proposal to eliminate these programs particularly concerning for the education community.

March 12, 2017

Valley Star: Don’t cut AmeriCorps, Senior Corps
By Bonnie Brown Raymondville – I completely agree with President Trump who said in the State of the Union address last week that we need to cut the exploding federal budget. But I couldn’t disagree more with recent news reports that one way to do this is to cut AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.

The Durango Herald: Celebrate Americorps, national service
By Kevin Heiner – The next time you see an individual with the AmeriCorps “A” on their sleeve, consider thanking them for their service and advocating to members of Congress to save AmeriCorps and national service.

March 11, 2017

Tulsa World: AmeriCorps funding in danger
By The World’s Editorial Writers – Stories coming out of Washington suggest that the Corporation for National and Community Service — which oversees successful programs such as AmeriCorps and the Senior Corps — could be targeted for elimination in the forthcoming Trump budget. That would be an enormous mistake that would be felt hard locally.

The Durango Herald: AmeriCorps exemplifies American values
By Amy Sovocool – Funding for AmeriCorps and national service is currently in jeopardy. This is unfortunate because it is a worthy program with a clear alignment with values embraced by all Americans.

March 10, 2017

Portland Business Journal: Former Fred Meyer CEO on the fight to save AmeriCorps
By Ken Thrasher – I challenge the public, businesses, politicians and others to strongly oppose this cut. It’s not good for our youth, our community, our businesses, or our country’s future.

The Detroit News: The case for City Year Detroit
By Andrew Stein – At a time of deep partisan divide, we need more initiatives that cut across party lines and spur collaboration. We also need to invest in evidence-based, cost-effective, locally controlled strategies to improve student outcomes in Detroit’s public education system and build our city’s future workforce.

March 9, 2017

Politico: Republicans sign letter urging Trump not to cut AmeriCorps funding
By Madeline Conway – A group of Republican donors and former elected officials is urging President Donald Trump not to cut funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, the public service work program for young people.

KUNC: Cutting AmeriCorps May Hurt Colorado Students Already In Need
By Ann Marie Awad – AmeriCorps — the long-running public service program administered by the federal government — may be on the chopping block. According to The New York Times, one of the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts is the Corporation for National and Community Service, the office that oversees AmeriCorps.

March 8, 2017

Washington Monthly: Make AmeriCorps Great Again
By Steven Waldman – AmeriCorps is actually perfectly situated to help Trump serve his voters on three issues in particular: Veterans, The Opioid Epidemic, and Jobs

East Bay Times: Oakland college students turn their lives around, now here comes Trump’s first budget
By Gary Peterson – Potential cuts to AmeriCorps could put Civicorps, a West Oakland-based nonprofit with charter high school and job-training components, at risk.

March 7, 2017

Daily Bruin: Trump’s proposed funding cuts have potential impact on student volunteers
By Ryan Leou – President Donald Trump proposed allocating less funding for Corporation for National and Community Service, which provides funding for programs such as Americorps, Teach for America and City Year, according to The New York Times.

March 6, 2017

WDTV: Potential AmeriCorps cuts could hurt local organizations
By Lauren McMillen – The Trump administration has laid out a list of potential organizations that could soon face budget cuts and one of those is AmeriCorps. Here in the Mountain State, nearly 4,000 people serve in the service programs, but without enough funding many of these programs could take a huge hit.

KOCO News: Federal program to help bring teachers to Oklahoma could be eliminated
By Crystal Price – Potential cuts to AmeriCorps could impact schools in Oklahoma, possibly eliminating 370 Teach Fora America teachers in the state.

March 4, 2017

The New York Times: Travel Abroad, in Your Own Country
By Roger Cohen – If Trump is serious about rekindling America’s spirit, a G.I. Bill for civilian national service would go a lot further than the 10 percent increase in military spending he’s seeking in his first budget.

USA Today College: AmeriCorps helps thousands of students get to college. Trump’s budget may axe it
By Toni Airaksinen – AmeriCorps was invaluable to Melinda Dang — and many other students. But it’s in trouble. According to the New York Times, the White House budget office has drafted a list of programs to axe in efforts to trim domestic spending.

March 2, 2017

The Atlantic: How President Trump’s Federal Budget Would Hinder Poor Students
By Cassi Feldman, Eric Gorski – President Donald Trump is set to propose slashing the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. That would cost more than 11,000 schools support they use to help students who’ve fallen behind, build playgrounds, and offer after-school programs.

Sacramento Bee: Republicans should embrace AmeriCorps, not kill it
By John Lambeth and Ray McNally – Rather than killing AmeriCorps, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration should embrace it as a federal program that is precisely what we preach – lean, close to home and actually working.

March 1, 2017

EdWeek: Teacher Programs Face Loss of Funding With Trump’s Proposed AmeriCorps Cut
By Madeline Will – AmeriCorps could be on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal—and with it, several programs that support teachers, including Teach for America, could lose significant amounts of funding.

WGBH: 8th Grade Academy
By Adam Reilly – Citizen Schools, an innovative program which gets involved with middle schoolers early in order to ensure they’re ready for the challenges of high school, is at risk with potential cuts to AmeriCorps.

February 28, 2017

WVNS: AmeriCorps VISTA Beckley Office Hangs in the Balance of Presidential Budget
By Joe Putrelo – Popular domestic programs like AmeriCorps could be on the chopping block, causing poverty assistance agencies like the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA, in Beckley to lose its funding.

February 27, 2017

The Daily Beast: The Republican Case for Saving AmeriCorps
By Stephen Goldsmith – I was dubious when George W. Bush put me in charge of the agency administering AmeriCorps. But I saw the good in it—and we made it better. The administration should spare it.

The Oklahoman & The Tulsa World: Agencies in Oklahoma worry about fate of AmeriCorps
By Silas Allen – Amid reports that Trump administration officials have targeted the AmeriCorps program for elimination, Oklahoma organizations that rely on the program are worried about what the future will bring.

February 26, 2017

South Bend Tribune: Federal cuts could slash community programs in St. Joseph County
By Joseph Dits – The losses in AmeriCorps workers would be “devastating,” said Jennifer Knapp Beudert, manager of the Robinson Community Learning Center, which relies on 30 of them to run educational programs both in its center in South Bend and at 17 schools and eight agencies.

February 25, 2017

The Inter-Mountain: AmeriCorps program helps us all
By Dr. Heather Biola – The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service including AmeriCorps will be among federal programs Trump’s Administration may eliminate. Cutting AmeriCorps would be a sad mistake that would harm many good programs in West Virginia.

February 24, 2017

Pilot Tribune: AmeriCorps under fire, The Bridge urges support
By Dana Larsen – Leaders of The Bridge neighborhood ministry in Storm Lake took to social media this week to urge supporters to help save AmeriCorps programs.

Pacific Standard: Don’t Kill AmeriCorps
By Jimmy Tobias – The indispensable federal program provides public service jobs to tens of thousands of young people, yet some want to destroy it.

February 23, 2017

ChalkBeat: Trump’s proposed AmeriCorps cuts would trim .03 percent of the federal budget — but slash support at 11,000 schools
By Cassi Feldman, Eric Gorski – President Donald Trump is set to propose slashing the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. That would cost more than 11,000 schools support that they use to help students who’ve fallen behind, build playgrounds, and offer after-school programs.

Billings Gazette: Possible AmeriCorps elimination would affect several Billings-area agencies
By Mike Ferguson – A Trump administration proposal that might eliminate the AmeriCorps program from the 2017-18 federal budget will affect a number of Billings-area programs, according to local organizations.

Wisconsin State Journal: AmeriCorps cut won’t help budget
By Robin Mittenthal

February 20, 2017

Inside Higher Ed: Trump May Try to Kill AmeriCorps
By Scott Jaschik – The Trump administration is circulating a list of programs to eliminate — and it includes the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that finances AmeriCorps, which places young people in service positions in which they earn money for student aid or to repay student loans.

February 17, 2017

The New York Times: Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
By Sharon LaFraniere And Alan Rappeport – The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

The Huffington Post: In Budget Math, Make National Service A Priority
By Eric Tanenblatt – Civilian national service—responding to Hurricanes on the coast and tornadoes in the plains or teaching inner-city youth—transcends partisan divides in the same was as military service. They both make for better citizens and a stronger nation. Accordingly, they both deserve steady federal support.

February 15, 2017

The Hill: Bringing Americans together through national service
By Anthony J. Principi – America is great today. But if we truly want to make it greater, national service is a good place to start.

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