Pell Grants saved from budget cuts
Obama will not “sacrifice our children’s education”, protects Pell Grant and Head Start.
After much bargaining and discussion (and debate), we finally get to see what was and what was not cut from the remainder of the 2011 federal budget. Pres.
Obama has shown that education maintains a high priority by making sure that Pell Grants and Head Start Programs were untouched in the $38 billion in budget cuts.
“It would be a mistake to balance the budget by sacrificing our children's education”, he said in one of his weekly radio and Internet addresses.
Although many other programs were affected by these cuts, the “priorities”, says Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat and chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, were preserved. As a result of this intervention, Pres. Obama was able to reverse many of the cuts passed by House Republicans in February when a bill slashing this year’s budget by more than $60 billion was approved. In so doing, the White House protected favorites like the Head Start early learning program, while maintaining the maximum Pell grant of $5,550 and funding for Obama’s “Race to the Top” initiative, a competitive grant program with incentives for states to turn around failing schools.
Commendation should be given to Pres. Obama for putting education as a top priority in the midst of a global economic crisis.