Breitbart News is reporting that the Trump administration is looking to sell the Montessorio materials that make up its education portfolio, with the company slated to be sold off to pay for a number of other programs.
The announcement comes in a memo sent to educators on Tuesday from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who noted that “the current financial outlook does not support continued use of Montessorie materials in higher education.”
DeVos also noted that the federal government’s $4 billion investment in the Montesys educational products has not met the “full investment and use commitment.”
The Montessorios materials are designed to teach children how to create their own and improve upon others.
They are designed specifically for use by parents in kindergarten through 12th grade, with an emphasis on social, emotional, and physical development.
The materials, which are often used by parents and teachers as part of their instruction in the classroom, are currently used by about 200 million students each year in more than 100 million classrooms.
The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has previously noted that a number that the government is considering selling off in a bid to raise funds for the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), including Montessorias, are “critical for helping students learn and grow.”
The Education Department also notes that the Montesi materials are “a vital part of the education that our nation needs, and it is critical that these resources be used wisely.”
According to the memo, the department is seeking bids on the materials from a number different sources, including a “leading local business and financial services company.”
The government will not have to pay a price for the materials, but it will be given the option to either buy them outright or sell them.
The memo also outlines the administration’s plans to “reinvest” the funds it is looking at, including $1.6 billion in additional federal funds for Montessoris.
It is also proposing a $5.5 million loan to the federal school system, with more than $1 billion available through a combination of Title I and Title II grants, and a $1 million loan for the Department of Energy.
The department also proposes to pay up to $5 million in the 2018 budget to help the Department for Children and Families (DCF), which is responsible for providing programs for Montesies children and families.DCF currently receives about $2.5 Billion in Title I funding each year, and nearly $1 Billion from Title II.
The money is supposed to go toward the “delivery of Montesis materials,” including textbooks, supplies, and other materials, as well as other educational programs.
DeVos noted that she believes that “our federal funding of these materials can continue to be a model for other states, as we strive to provide access to high quality, culturally appropriate educational materials in schools and communities across our country.”
She also noted in the memo that the DCF will be able to use the money to “provide materials that are culturally appropriate for children in need, which may include books, magazines, and movies.”
She added that the department “will continue to work with the DCA to ensure that our students have access to quality Montessorian education.”
DeVosen has previously proposed to give the Department $10 million to help pay for Montesi material in 2018, $5 to help subsidize Montesi in 2019, and $1 to help support the Education Fund in 2020.