Obama Putting Education on the Back Burner?
Citing comments Obama made in an interview late last month on CNN, a new Wall Street Journal piece argues that he is likely to rank education below other priorities such as the economy and health care. From the article:
With the federal government under pressure to rescue banks, auto makers and homeowners, as well as a federal budget deficit that could double to $1 trillion this fiscal year, many observers question whether Mr. Obama will undertake education measures that require significant spending.
The article mostly focused on what Obama will or won’t do about problems in the K-12 public education sector, but the question is worrying for student loan reform advocates. Any reform in the higher education arena is likely to come after K-12 education is addressed so if education as a whole is put on the back burner, it could be a long time before we see real change.