Education secretary Arne Duncan has hired an Illinois union official to be a senior adviser.
In a two-hour budget hearing, Duncan wouldn't budge on how much more money will be allotted to Title I or special education.
Obama doesn't want to disrupt the schooling of the students currently taking advantage of the program.
He offered some clarification on the administration's education plan, but there are still plenty of potential questions.
The vote came as the Senate approved a spending plan for fiscal year 2009 that also eliminates funding for the Reading First program.
There was a lot of buzz about Obama's speech this morning and the Department's guidance on the economic stimulus package.
First address on schools is drawing praise from everyone from GOP lawmakers to the NEA. Not surprisingly, these groups came up with different interpretations of the remarks, particularly on alternative pay for teachers.
He gave a quick pep-talk about the importance of higher standards, which was a major theme of his speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce this morning.
In his first major education speech as president, Obama will emphasize and flesh out many of the details of his education redesign agenda.
Little brings a lot of expertise in education redesign, including in teacher quality, high school overhaul and college readiness, issues that have been getting plenty of attention lately.