U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement on legislation approved today by House Education and the Workforce Committee:
"This Republican bill not only cements cuts in education funding for our children, but it also does nothing to guarantee that states continue to invest in education. Rather than helping improve the schools that it need it most, the Republican bill would actually cut investments in these schools while increasing funds for some of the wealthiest areas in the country. That approach is backward. We can't just cut our way to opportunity. Our kids deserve better. Every childno matter his or her zip codedeserves a quality education, including access to high-quality preschool and a fair shot at getting ahead. We need to invest in our educators so they have the resources they need to help children succeed. I respect Chairman Kline's commitment to improving our schools, and I remain hopeful that we will find a path to bipartisan legislation in the House and in the Senate that helps every child be successful in college, careers and life and delivers on the promise of real opportunity for every child."