4.  “If the first, most important teacher for a child is the parent, and a child’s education level is determined by the mother’s education level, why are programs that put an emphasis on parents’ education being eliminated (Even Start) or funding reduced (Adult Education)?” —Daphne Mathews, Adult Programs Administrator, Christina School District

Duncan: “Without a doubt, family involvement in schools is essential if children are going to receive a world-class education, and research shows us that there is often a correlation between the education level of children and that of their parents. That’s why family literacy services are included in our proposed Effective Teaching and Learning for Literacy program.

It’s also why President Obama has committed to ensuring that America will regain its lost ground and have the highest proportion of students graduating from college in the world by 2020. During these tight budget times, we have been able to protect Pell grants, increasing the number of students served from 6 to 9.6 million. Pell grants fund the education of student in our poorest families, and they provide an educational lifeline to many who will be in the first generation of their family to earn a college degree.

We have also invested $500 million through the Trade Adjustment Act in the Community College Training Fund that will give students of all ages access to career colleges where they can receive training to help develop marketable skills.”