February 1st, 2010
04:01 PM ET
5 years ago

'Cradle to career' agenda is goal of education budget

President Obama and Arne Duncan visited with sixth grade students last week.
President Obama and Arne Duncan visited with sixth grade students last week.

Washington (CNN) – In the president's budget proposal released Monday, the Department of Education would get a 7.5 percent increase in discretionary spending for 2011 under a plan the secretary of education describes as a "cradle to career agenda."

States will have to compete for the vast majority of the new dollars

This is a shift in the way federal education dollars have been allocated in the past.

"We are absolutely philosophically and strategically moving more money – a lot of money – into a competitive basis. And what we want to do is continue to build upon what we've learned through Race to the Top," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Duncan said that "when there are real carrots out there, when you're rewarding excellence, we've seen just tremendous progress around the country."

The Race to the Top program is currently in its first phase. Forty states and the District of Columbia have submitted applications to receive the money. The Education Department expects to announce the recipients at the end of April 2010.

The budget proposal includes $1.35 billion to expand the program, on top of the $4 billion that has already been set aside in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The education portion of the budget proposal also includes a $3 billion increase in kindergarten through 12th grade programs, with an additional $1 billion if Congress overhauls the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act.

"We'll be creating a limited federal role in education," Duncan said. "We will focus on raising standards for all students, rewarding success in schools, supporting and rewarding effective teachers and leaders, turning around low performing schools, and helping schools develop a well-rounded education."

For college students, the budget proposal includes an increase in Pell Grants, which are geared toward students with financial need. It also includes money to support shifting the student loan business from banks to other private and non-profit companies, something that Duncan said he believes will save money in the long run.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Steph

    Keep watching that faux news Mike in NYC. You are a perfect example of our failed education system.

    February 1, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Education is the best example of Government closest to the people knows best. The federal government way over in DC has no clue what is needed locally and should not hand down continued unfunded mandates that will result in higher taxes for the working minority.
    That is right we have less people working and paying taxes than those who do not ork or work for the Government in some way. The Department of Education needs to be cut and cut deep to save taxpayer money. Leave my hard earned money in my pocket so i can help my local schools myself if I choose to.
    Our high taxes supporting an over bloated Government removes your right to choose what you do with you money. That is Tyranny!

    February 1, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    How are we going to pay for all of this? We have been increasing spending on educations for decades and there has been no impovement in results. The truth is too many kids grow up in homes and cultures that do not value eductation so they do not try. That is the problem, period the end. Spending more money on them is a waste. They need a kick in the backside, something parents would do for free if they cared.

    February 1, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. therealamerica

    Rewarding success, asking school districts to compete for funding, and cutting waste in the college loan system Everyone should applaud that!

    February 1, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Jimmy James

    Throw more money at a failing education system. Inner city schools get more money than surburban schools yet get horrible results. Parents have to be involved in their childs education. Inner city kids have no guidance and throwing millions more at them isn't going to change it. Teachers unions oppose any rules that would hold them accountable on their end. The voucher system in DC was successful but canceled. Nobody takes resposibility. The government can't raise your kids no matter how much money you throw at them.

    February 1, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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