Earlier this morning, Secretary Arne Duncan testified before the Senate Budget Committee regarding President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Proposal. The Secretary noted that the proposed budget reflects the Obama administration’s dual commitment to not only reduce spending and increase efficiency, but to make smart investments in securing America’s future.
“Today, all across America, people are meeting the challenge of improving education in many different ways,” said Secretary Duncan. “From creating high-quality early learning programs, to raising standards, strengthening the field of teaching and aggressively attacking achievement gaps.
“While the federal government contributes less than 10 percent of K-12 funding nationally, our dollars play a critical role in promoting equity, protecting children at risk and more recently — supporting reform activities at the state and local level.”
Read Secretary Duncan’s complete testimony for the record, watch the entire hearing, and visit our FY 2012 budget page for more information on the President’s FY 2012 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education.