President Barack Obama loves the kids. His $825 billion economic stimulus package, which faces a House vote today, includes a substantial jolt to the American education system.
The proposed emergency spending bill would invest in a wide range of education measures, including programs for needy children, construction and rehabilitation of school buildings, aid to college students, special education, and Head Start. The $150 billion bill would more than double the Department of Education's current budget.
"We cannot let education collapse; we have to provide this level of support to schools," said Representative George Miller, Democrat of California and chairman of the House education committee.
President Obama is wasting no time making good on his campaign promises. During his historic White House run he unveiled the comprehensive "Zero to Five" plan, designed to "provide critical support to young children and their parents. And they will help states move toward voluntary, universal pre-school," according to BarackObama.com.