February 1st, 2010
05:47 PM ET

'Cradle to career' agenda is goal of education budget

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Sally Holland

In the president's budget proposal released Monday, the Department of Education would get a 7.5 percent increase in discretionary spending for 2011 under a plan the secretary of education describes as a "cradle to career agenda."

States will have to compete for the vast majority of the new dollars

This is a shift in the way federal education dollars have been allocated in the past.

"We are absolutely philosophically and strategically moving more money – a lot of money – into a competitive basis. And what we want to do is continue to build upon what we've learned through Race to the Top," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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