U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke in Copley Formal Lounge this morning about the administration’s agenda for improving public school systems across the nation in an address to the Second Annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning.
Duncan’s speech emphasized the value of parental engagement in reforming local school systems. Reviewing some of the highlight achievements of the administration thus far, Duncan noted the revision and simplification of the FAFSA financial aid form for higher education.
Duncan also provided a concrete view of the administration’s main goals to increase the number of students pursuing higher education, and increase student participation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.
The phrase “budget cuts” was a common theme of Duncan’s, both during his address and the question and answer session.
Duncan did not hesitate to stress that while the administration can influence federal policy, most local concerns about how funding is allocated is a concern of the state governments.
He encouraged the representatives of the Mom Congress to push for more transparency in school budget reports. As far as funding is concerned, Duncan said his priority now is making the way schools allocate funding more efficient.