Monday at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., Education Secretary Arne Duncan laid out the president's position on the nation's largest federal education law, even as debate unfolds over the law's re-authorization.
"This country can't afford to replace 'the fierce urgency of now' with the soft bigotry of, 'It's optional,' " he said.
§ President Obama's budget request will include $2.7 billion in increased education spending. Of that, $1 billion will be designated for high-needs Title I schools.
§ Duncan renewed the call for expanded access to preschool.
§ He also called for distributing funding more equitably among public schools in high- and low-income areas. In , high-poverty districts receive less state and local funding than low-poverty districts, according to a 2014 report.