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Secretary Cardona Speaks Before House Education Panel

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On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2024 with witness Dr. Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, titled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Department of Education.” Chairwoman Foxx (R-NC) opened the hearing by affirming her oversight role and criticizing ED for its slow response rate to her inquiries thus far this Congress.

Ranking Member Scott (D-VA) and Secretary Cardona both discussed the need for additional investments in federal education programs, which Cardona called “critical, targeted investments that will promote greater prosperity and economic growth for decades to come.”

During a question-and-answer session with Committee Members, strong divisions across the aisle were showcased. Republican Members raised concerns about student loan forgiveness, issues around transgender students, and the importance of school choice. Democratic Members voiced grave concerns about potential cuts to ED programs at a time when more investment is needed. ED estimates that potential cuts to IDEA could result in 48,000 special education jobs lost.

Common ground across the aisle was found in discussion about career and technical education.

To view the hearing, go here.

Posted:  19 May, 2023

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