February 10th, 2009
11:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Education secretary wants Senate stimulus plan changed

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/10/stimulus.education/art.duncan.cnn.jpg caption="Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, Tuesday."]

ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan told students and educators at a Virginia high school Tuesday that he'll fight to put $20 billion in education construction funding back into the $838 billion economic stimulus package, as President Barack Obama wants.

Wakefield High School in Arlington was scheduled to be renovated next year, but that project has been pushed back at least until 2013, due in part to lack of funding, school officials said.

During his visit to an advanced placement study group in government and economics, Duncan asked students about building conditions.

"It's pretty bad," a student responded. One student said the temperature in a classroom had reached 96 degrees.

Duncan responded by giving an impromptu student civics lesson, detailing recent Capitol Hill wrangling over education funding.

"This week, there's obviously lots of debate between - a conference between - the House and Senate," he told the students. "A chance to get a huge amount of money to help our construction projects. There's a chance of no money. So, we're working really, really hard to make sure the right thing happens."

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  1. Kent

    There is something fundamentally wrong with a society that has all the money it wants for war but not the money it needs for its childrens' education. From the spelling and grammer I see from bloggers (and even some CNN journalists), it appears to me we are spending our money in the wrong places.

    February 11, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. rob c

    With all the talk about how the stimulus will put future generations in debt no matter what's in it, why don't these know it all politicians ( especially republicans who want the younger generations to follow them)listen to the youth and invest in them and their education. Since they will b the debt bearers doesn't it make since that they should get something too. We are talking about the futre of our country. Education is key, and it could lead to an america filled with the leaders and gifted minds we will need to compete globally. We need to do something to save the next generation from the civil and social disobedience that is becoming more of amajor problem in this country year by year and day by day.

    February 11, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |