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President Obama to Announce Cuts in 2012 Budget, but Not to Education

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says President Obama will be announcing some “tough” and “painful” cuts when he lays out his 2010 budget next week, but says those cuts will not compromise children’s education.

“The president is making very tough cuts, and painful cuts, across agencies, and there are pieces of our budget that are being hit hard, but we have to continue to invest,” Duncan said. “What parents don’t want is their children’s future to be impacted.”

Next week, President Obama will highlight the administration’s plans to “win the future” through focusing on education. Traveling to Baltimore on Monday, the president will speak to middle school students at Parkville Middle & Center of Technology. Secretary Duncan says the school demonstrates the sort of hands-on learning and critical thinking that is necessary for preparing students for “the jobs of tomorrow.”

“To win the future, we have to begin to out-educate our competitors,” Duncan said. “Unfortunately, the brutal fact is, today, there are many developed countries that are out-educating us.”

Duncan says that promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is one of the president’s top priorities, as it will be vital to moving America’s students from “the middle to the top of the pack internationally.”

The president will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and OMB Director Jack Lew on this visit, where they will discuss the president’s 2012 budget and the administration’s plans to invest specifically in education.

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