Trump's salary donation to STEM is a "political stunt," education experts say

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Media Outlet: EdScoop

Shayna Cook was quoted in EdScoop about Trump's recent salary donation to the Department of Education. 

The $100,000 donation is "a drop in the bucket, given the [administration’s] significant proposed cuts to education in general,” said Shayna Cook, a policy analyst for New America’s education program. “It’s really just an empty gesture.” 
Devos has shown an interest in STEM education since beginning her tenure as secretary, Cook said, but that didn't seem to affect the fate of STEM-related programs in Trump's budget proposal. Devos praised the president's “generous gift,” adding that “the President has truly shown his commitment to our nation’s students and to reforming education in America so that every child, no matter their ZIP code, has access to a high-quality education.”

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Shayna Cook is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the Learning Technologies project. Cook researches and reports on innovation in family engagement, new technologies, and digital equity issues concerning children from birth through third grade.