U.S. President Donald Trump talks tough when it comes to fighting terrorism and violence in general, but his budget says otherwise, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Thursday. O'Neill said Trump's fiscal 2018 budget would gut counterterrorism operations, eliminating federal funding for such things as bomb squad and active shooter training as well as intelligence analysis. "Under @POTUS budget, virtually all fed funding to #NYPD eradicated," O'Neill warned on Twitter. "Entire counterterrorism apparatus in nation's top terror target hobbled." O'Neill spokesman Peter Donald tweeted the budget would make New York "less safe."
The claim: The Metropolitan Police is facing cuts of £400m by 2021. Reality Check verdict: The Metropolitan Police's budget will be flat in cash terms, so there is not going to be a cut in that sense, but the Mayor of London's team calculates that rising costs will mean savings of £400m will need to be found between 2017-18 and 2020-21. Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair told Tuesday's Today Programme that police cuts need to be reconsidered. Later, a spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: "It is simply not true to say that the Met's budget has been protected... the Met now has to find a further £400m." But on Wednesday's programme, First Secretary of State Damian Green said: "There are no police cuts.
School district budgets are intrinsically tied to property taxes, meaning schools in wealthier communities automatically have a larger pot of local funding to begin with. Many states try to account for this when distributing K-12 funding, directing more money, for example, to school districts with lots of poor kids. The report only takes into account state and local funding. But wealthy districts benefit from many other advantages, too, like involved PTAs that can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions in some communities, to help shoulder costs that would otherwise come out of the district's budget. All this while, schools in poor communities are often hampered by compounding issues of economic distress, drug abuse and high crime rates.