Obama Addresses Nation at Second Inaugural
January 22, 2013
On Monday, President Barack Obama began his second term in
office to much fanfare at a public swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the
U.S. Capitol. In his second inaugural address—a speech that traditionally does not highlight specific
policy positions—the president spoke broadly on a few educational objectives
that he hopes to address in his second term. He talked about the virtue and
necessity of collaborative efforts to educate students and provide training for
individuals to successfully enter the workforce. He stated, “Together, we
determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed
travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers.” The president goes on to say, “No single person can train
all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the
future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new
jobs and businesses to our shores.“
The speech was, in part, a defense of the role of government
in American society, including areas like education and job training; contrasting
the view of congressional Republicans who argue for a more limited role for the
federal government. The president will have an opportunity to expand on his
second-term policy goals when he delivers his State of the Union speech on
Tuesday, February 12.
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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a
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