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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Secretary Duncan to Discuss Education Department's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and Policy Priorities

On Tuesday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Department of Education.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal, President Obama requested $68.6 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Education, a $1.3 billion increase over last year’s funding level. This is on top of $6.4 billion in mandatory spending for Pell Grants, $1.3 billion in mandatory funding for a new universal preschool program, $4 billion in mandatory funds for new state grants to improve public higher education systems, $647 million in mandatory funds for a new College Opportunity and Graduation Bonus, and $5 billion in mandatory funding to reform the teaching profession, among other mandatory expenses, bringing the total education budget request for Fiscal Year 2015 to $82.3 billion.

Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to review the administration’s budget request and examine the department’s education policies. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will offer testimony and answer members' questions during the hearing. To learn more about this hearing, visit


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The Honorable Arne Duncan
Department of Education
Washington, D.C.  

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