Duncan Heads to the Hill for Budget Hearing

Secretary Duncan Testifies on Capitol Hill

Official Department of Education Photo by Paul Wood

“You can’t sacrifice the future to pay for the present, and nothing is more important to a family’s future—and our future as a nation—than education,” Secretary Duncan said during his opening statement before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, earlier today.

Duncan appeared before the subcommittee to answer questions about President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Proposal. Secretary Duncan explained that the budget proposal seeks to make key educational investment, including:

  • Closing the Pell shortfall both through efficiencies and more resources.
  • Protecting Title I and IDEA formula funds for students most at risk.
  • Expanding reform programs that support state and local policies, including Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and ED’s learning and college completion programs.

Secretary Duncan noted that the President’s budget includes efficiencies, consolidations and cuts in ED programs that are not as effective as they should be. “We understand that, just as every family is doing more with less, so should we,” Duncan said.

Read Secretary Duncan’s entire testimony, and for or more information on the President’s FY 2012 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education, visit our FY 2012 budget page.