President, education secretary see stimulus as chance for change

02/17/2009 | USA Today

The economic-stimulus package, totaling $787 billion, that was signed into law Tuesday will double the country's education budget over the next two years, and President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan say they want to use those funds to boost achievement and shake up the status quo. "It's also an opportunity to redefine the federal role in education, something we're thinking a whole lot about," Duncan said. "How can we move from being [about] compliance with bureaucracy to really the engine of innovation and change?"

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