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Obama Addresses Nation at Second Inaugural

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January 22, 2013

By: Mitch

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

8/12/13 By: Mitch 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 priority!

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