February 1st, 2010
04:01 PM ET
4 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. Average American

    I am so excited about the possibilities for our children. Our education system needs to be more innovative, more focused on success and better coordinated. The best way to ensure the success of our children (and of this country) is to give our children a world class education!

    February 1, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Paul from Phoenix

    Wait, where was TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States)? I bet Obama was lonely without it.

    February 1, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. File under "Sarcasm"

    Based on Duncan's comments about the benefits of Katerina to the New Orelans' school system, maybe they should spend money on generating disasters that destroy a community so they can rebuild it.

    February 1, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. stormerF

    Head start does not work after testing 4th graders it shows no measurable improvement or difference in the children. Wasteful spending costing us billions on a program that does not work. Obama say he would cut the programs that were not working. He talks the talk,but can he walk the walk?

    February 1, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Arne Duncan loves New Orleans

    On Friday, Arne Duncan had a Joe Biden moment and said, "Hurrican Katrina was the best thing to ever happen to eductaion in New Orleans".

    For real Arne. Idiot...

    February 1, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Cissy

    What we actually need, is for education to be put back in the hands of the people who effects. Let the parents have a bigger say in the programs, curriculum, and staff at schools that their children attend. Forcing a one-size-fits-all education plan does not work. Pouring more money into bad programs just make them worse.

    February 1, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Tim

    HOW MUCH MORE MONEY ARE WE GOING TO WASTE ON MINORITY EDUCATION BEFORE WE REALIZE THAT WE ARE ALL FREE TO BECOME AS SUCCESSFUL AS WE WANT TO BE! IT IS POLICIES LIKE THESE THAT KEEP US MINORITIES DOWN! STAND UP FOR YOURSELF, SHOW SOME PRIDE IN YOURSELF, GET AN EDUCATION NOT A GOVERNMENT HANDOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. all the news that's fit to omit

    It goes with his socialist wish of giving the sheeple JUST ENOUGH to get by on from CRADLE to GRAVE.

    Nothing to rise above, just get by.

    Welcome to the liberal mindset, GIVE a man a fish versus the Republicans TEACH a man how to fish so he can eat, live and prosper forever.

    Why do we NEVER hear of the amount of money these college "leaders" make, while tuition goes up, they make MILLIONS and MILLIONS.

    My bad, they have a liberal mindset so HANDS OFF right media????

    February 1, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Rickster

    President Obama sent Congress a $3.8 trillion budget Monday for fiscal year 2011,a plan that is projected to add nearly $1.3 trillion in deficit spending on top of the current year's projected $1.6 trillion deficit.
    __________________________________________________

    I can come to either of two conclusions.......either Barack Obama is dumber than a bucket of rocks or he is purposely trying to ruin our economy. In either case, what a horrible disaster you democrats have brought upon this country.

    February 1, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Average American

    Sadly, stormerF, with the rant against head start, just proved the President's point. Head Start does work, until the kids spend a few years in the broken down public schools in poor areas of the country, urban and rural. We need to invest in all areas of education from early head start through college!

    February 1, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Mickey

    Unlike Bushs' claim to fame...taxed from cradle to grave.

    We are in deep doo-doo because of the Republicans and their FAILED Reagan-esque policies, and The republican politicians...the new Domestic Terrorists, off NO solution, except to spew their fear, hatred, and bigotry.

    If you want to pray for something, pray for the fall of the GOP, for they have become our next terror threat.

    February 1, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. gt

    this program is a pay back to teachers union....

    February 1, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Steph

    Someone please tell Tim that more white Americans get public aid than minorities. The rural schools are hurting as much, if not more, than some of the urban schools.

    February 1, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Quit taking my taxes

    When did you ever think you had to keep your children from the head of education because he is a complete pervert. Owhiner and his administration are not only clueless but dangerous. You idiots realize no matter what your children do they will be broke for paying back this punk!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Mike in NYC

    Education is one fed agency that needs to be deep-sixed.

    There are others, but this one heads my list.

    February 1, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Yes sir you are correct, a brain is an awful thing to waste,right dunce,from texas. Someone on here is drinking alone again.Jack Daniels has killed more men than any war.

    February 1, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. crazy

    Pell Grants....now that's just plain socialistic...

    February 1, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Mark

    The dems have proven that cradle to grave entitlements don't work, why would this?

    February 1, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    February 1st, 2010 4:49 pm ET
    When did you ever think you had to keep your children from the head of education because he is a complete pervert. Owhiner and his administration are not only clueless but dangerous. You idiots realize no matter what your children do they will be broke for paying back this punk!!!!!!!!!!!
    ______________________________________________________

    OBAMA HAS NOT RAISED TAXES! HE IS GOING TO ALLOW THE BUSH TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST 1%....... TO 'SUNSET' (END).

    IF YOU EARN $250,000 OR MORE YOUR TAXES WILL GO UP TO THE LEVEL ...........REAGAN WAS TAXING YOU AT!

    GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU POST!

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT A .......... PUNK!

    February 1, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Dave

    "Cradle" to Career?
    -How about stay away from MY kids until they are in school?
    -How about spending LESS and learning how to budget?
    -How about the fact that the US spends more per student than any nation on earth and the results are horrible over the past 30 years?
    -How about we get rid of the Department of Education and all the paper pushers so that 85% of EVERYONE working in a school or in the education filed is a TEACHER?
    -How about getting back to the basics: reading, writing, math, science, UNBIASED history of America and the world
    -How about we cut the bogus social studies and so called sciences?
    -How about keeping the arts and sports funded and cutting the administration?

    As usual, it is all about learning how to NOT spend so much with the left.

    February 1, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The comments from the Haters, are predictable and ignorant as usual.

    "Head start does not work after testing 4th graders........."

    Do YOU know what Head Start is? Its a program for poor children, it is PRESCHOOL, for them. Since our Nation's poor can not afford to send their children to preschool. It has nothing to do with 4th graders!

    Its disgusting to read all the name that the Haters call the President of the United States of America!

    Whenever we, Liberals, even complained about Bush, the same people called us Anti-American and Unpatriotic!

    Hypocrites! HATE IS NOT LEADERSHIP, EITHER!

    February 1, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Mike in NYC

    Get your own facts straight, Lacrosse Mommy. The expiration of tax cuts under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 will be hitting people earning way, way less than 250K.

    And there's more blacks on welfare than whites, Steph.

    Geez, some people really groove on pulling "facts" out of you-know-where.

    February 1, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Average American

    Let me get this straight. You Republicans think that public education is an "entitlement" and should be "deep-sixed". Seriously? Do you really think only the rich should be able to send their kids to school? The wealthy deserve better opportunities that the child born to a poor family, seriously? OK. Thanks, we now know where you stand. No child should have an education and no one should be able to see a doctor unless they happen to be born to wealthy parents. They should educate themselves and perform their own medical treatments...is that what you mean by "being free"

    February 1, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Average American

    Oh, Dave...no one can help your kids. They are stuck with an ignorant, bigot of a father. Hopefully, they will go to college in a diverse community and learn what the real world is like. So-called science and UNBIASED history.........sheesh!

    February 1, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Mike in NYC

    The Department of Education doesn't bring learning to the poor. It ruins it for everyone.

    February 1, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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