It’s no secret that our nation’s capacity to educate is what keeps our society strong and thriving. When adequately funded, educational systems stand to enhance social mobility, foster a better workforce, and build solid, healthy communities.
On the national level, our lawmakers’ efforts to invest in education have improved modestly. President Obama’s recent budget proposal restores large portions of the sequestration and omnibus spending cuts to education while adhering to the bipartisan budget agreement brokered by Chairman Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray. However, many education initiatives, such as Pell grants, are still expected to be funded below 2011 levels.
It is also quite clear that there is much to be determined as the legislative process continues. The House Education and the Workforce Committee, for which Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks is a member, will soon hold a hearing to further discern the path ahead for our nation’s schools.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle undoubtedly have many worthy priorities, but let’s hope that education funding remains at top of the list. Investing in new and better ways to provide opportunity for our citizens is an effort we can’t afford to forget. I hope Rep. Brooks will take the lead on education. The future of Indiana depends on it.
Emma C. Miller
Biostatistics graduate student