Obama to promote spending $4bn more on education

President Obama will propose a major increase in funding for elementary and secondary education for the coming year in Wednesday’s State of the Union address, one of the few areas that would grow in an otherwise austere federal budget, officials said.

According to The Washington Post the funding would include a $1.35 billion increase in Obama’s “Race to the Top” competitive grants for school reform. It would also set aside $1 billion to finance an overhaul of No Child Left Behind, according to aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the budget proposal before its release next week.

Administration officials said they could not provide a direct comparison to current elementary and secondary education spending levels for No Child Left Behind, but they said federal education spending would rise overall by 6.2 percent.

Source: The Washington Post

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