From: Ann Jones

Columbus

The White House recently released a national budget that includes extreme, unprecedented cuts to foreign aid. Congress must say no.

Here is just one of the many things on the chopping block: the chance for millions of children to achieve their simple dream of, and their right to, an education. On my many trips to Zambia and when relating to children orphaned by AIDS, it is clear they have dreams and their care providers are very aware that the way out of poverty is through education.

They all encourage regular school attendance. But with a staggering 263 million children out of school globally, the White House responds by eliminating the main account funding education. This is outrageous and nonsensical. What is for them a forgettable line item in their massive budget is the future for millions of people, who just want a chance to go to school.

Congress should do the right thing and reject these cuts.