Secretary Duncan Defends Waivers and Early Childhood Education to Senate Appropriators

On April 30, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions on the Department of Education’s FY 2015 budget request.

As with his testimony before the House Education and Workforce Committee the previous day, the Secretary defended the Department’s approach to waivers for No Child Left Behind, as the FY 2015 budget request to expand funding for early childhood education.  The Secretary came under criticism in both hearings for the recent decision to revoke the state of Washington’s waiver status after a determination that the state had not met certain requirements pertaining to teacher evaluation.

To read more about the hearing and to read the Secretary’s prepared statement for the record, click on the links below:

EdWeek: Arne Duncan Makes Sales Pitch for Waivers, Turnarounds, Early Ed in Senate Hearing

Secretary Duncan’s Statement for the Record: Senate Appropriations Hearing

Shannon Kelly, Director of Advocacy, May 1, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (