Duncan Visits Capitol Hill For Budget Hearing

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.


  1. Why don’t you call it for what it is…you want to hold the teachers accountable for the results of your tax policies that sent middle class jobs overseas, your smash mouth South America policies that limited opportunities there, thus flooding America with millions of people seeking a better way of life…and creating classrooms with 40 elementary children per teacher…all the while cutting school support staff and programs.

    Go ahead…hold the teachers accountable for your dip headed policies…and may you roast…in perpetuity!

  2. “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….”

    That sounds great in the media, but doesn’t match what’s in the proposed budget when it comes to school counselors. Cutting school counselor funding, while at the same time wanting to create high quality learning programs, raising standards and test scores, and boosting career education programs, will go a long way toward making the expressed desires fail. These are areas in which school counselors support on a daily basis. It makes no sense to spend money for these to excel, while at the same time, cutting funding for the people that make these happen for our kids.

  3. I think the shift in our economy is going to depend greatly on products we can make ourselves, here in the U.S. Our children will need to learn basic mechanical and electrical skills from an early age, and increase their hands-on skill level each year. For example,Pre-K and K could imitate Tinker Toy diagrams,or put Mr. Potato Head together in accordance with a picture. 1st graders can learn tools, take simple toys apart and put them back together. If, at every grade level, a child had just a little “shop class” to learn how things get put together, we could create a future generation full of every type of engineer. After all, guys used to get together and build cars, and later,computers, in garages just for fun. I believe the future of the US economy is going to depend greatly on how many of our children can turn a hands-on hobby into an industry, whether its carpentry, sewing, plumbing, electricity, or alternative energy. We need to start focusing on the practical application of knowledge, instead of just the knowledge itself. Americans need to make things, and we need to teach the next generation “how to do it”, so that we can compete in the global market place, with American-made products, made from American-made parts, designed by Americans.

  4. Given the state of education in the US, it is clear that the department of education is totally failing in its job. It needs to have a clearer, better defined role, clear accountability, and a very short timeframe to prove it can accomplish its reduced mission. If not, then just accept defeat and shut down

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