Reflecting on the First 100 Days

  • May 1, 2017
PUHS Institute 157 Web Blog

Saturday marked 100 days since President Trump took office. The 100 day point is often used as a benchmark for what an administration has been able to accomplish and as a key to revealing the direction the administration will take over the next 1,360 days.

Before the election, we released the Healthy and Ready to Learn: Recommendations for the Next Administration report, which details recommended actions for the administration in each area.

Now, we’ve taken another look at those recommendations and the actions of the current administration in its first 100 days and released a new report: 100 Day Report: The Trump Administration’s Actions on Student Health and Wellness.

At its core, the report answers the question: How has the Trump administration acted on the opportunity to help create a better future for our children and our nation by improving health in schools?

We looked at actions in four key areas: school health services, the Department of Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act, healthy and green schools and healthy school food. Outlined below are some of the actions taken by the administration. Over the next few weeks we’ll be going into more depth in each of the areas in a series of blogs.

School Health Services

  • Introduced the American Health Care Act, which would put 45 million children across the country at risk of losing their healthcare coverage.
  • Proposed cutting the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides almost $1 billion to support programs that prevent disease in communities across the country.
  • Proposed eliminating AmeriCorps, which supports school health programs.

Department of Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act

  • Repealed ESSA regulations supporting accountability and professional development.
  • Proposed cutting the Department of Education budget by 13.5 percent.
  • Discussed weakening or eliminating the Office for Civil Rights, which works to ensure a fair and equitable education system for all students.
  • Withdrew protections for transgender students, which jeopardizes their access to a safe, supportive, healthy school environment.

Healthy and Green Schools

  • Proposed cutting the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent.

Healthy School Food

  • Proposed cutting the Department of Agriculture budget by 21 percent.
  • Proposed eliminating AmeriCorps, which includes FoodCorps, a program that connects kids to healthy food in schools.
  • Circulated a draft executive order that defines school meals as a public benefit, which provides grounds to deport immigrants if they accept school meals for their children.

We are concerned that the actions of this administration in its first 100 days indicate a lack of regard for the value of school health. These actions have in some cases put important supports for health and learning in jeopardy, including supports for our nation’s most vulnerable children.

In this context, your advocacy and leadership are more important than ever. These first 100 days show that it’s up to us—parents, teachers, advocates, elected officials and all who care about children’s health and learning—to carry on the work of ensuring every school can provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our nation’s children.

Read the full report to read more about the specific actions the administration has taken and what the impacts might be. We have also developed a template letter that you can send to the White House to show the President that you care about student health and wellness and his administration should, too!