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ERIC Number: ED509506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-9
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Key Questions for Arne Duncan, Nominee for Secretary for U.S. Department of Education. WebMemo. No. 2200
Lips, Dan
Heritage Foundation
The U.S. Senate will soon render its advice and consent to the nomination of Chicago Public Schools Chief Arne Duncan to be secretary of education. The word "education" is not mentioned in the Constitution, and the federal government has historically played a limited role in funding and regulating public education across the country. The federal government currently provides only 9 percent of the funding for K-12 public education in America. But federal spending is at an all-time high. The federal government currently spends $71 billion annually on K-12 education programs. Through programs like No Child Left Behind, which has seen funding increases of more than 40 percent during the Bush Administration, the federal government now exerts greater authority over public schools across the nation. Unfortunately, more than 40 years of increasing federal involvement in education has yielded little progress in improved student learning. History has shown the limits of what the federal government can and should do to improve education. The new Administration has a historic opportunity to transform the federal role in education and, in the process, support reform at the state and local level to ensure that all children have an opportunity to receive a quality education. To evaluate whether Secretary-designate Duncan will support this transformation, Senators should keep the following questions in mind as they consider his confirmation: (1) The Appropriate Federal Response to State Budget Challenges; (2) Reforming, Not Expanding, the Federal Role in Education; (3) Cutting Waste from the Department of Education's Budget; (4) Reforming Federal Early Childhood Education Programs; and (5) Supporting Parental Choice in Education. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress