The president’s budget also looks to the future and invests in educational innovation, providing educators with the flexibility and resources to figure out what works. CAP has highlighted this issue in a number of recent reports, including “Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Innovation.” The administration is clearly trying to spend education dollars in ways that maximize results. The president’s budget provides an additional $1.35 billion to further the success of the Race to the Top Fund, which provides competitive grants to help states and now districts with these new funds to create the conditions for reform. The budget also provides another $500 million to expand the Investing in Innovation Fund, which will extend results-based reform models for achieving student success.
The president’s budget goes a long way to improving our nation’s education system. It provides a much-needed investment in our economic future. Now it’s up to Congress to reauthorize ESEA and fund these important priorities.
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