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Shortchanging the Future?

How America’s Education, Budget and Fiscal Debates Impact Children

America's financial future evokes heated debate in Washington and around the country. Some experts argue that the percentage of federal spending on children is likely to decline over the next decade and that our current federal fiscal trajectory will significantly impact our nation's ability to invest in programs that support children. Moreover, the fiscal situation in states and localities is pressed as well, impacting their abilities to invest in education and other programs for children.

President Obama has now submitted his 2014 budget request. How would his budget affect the education of children? What is new in his education budget request and what is its future given the fiscal policy debates in Congress? What are the implications for dual-generational child care strategies? How are the president’s efforts to reach out to Congress on fiscal and entitlement reform likely to impact children?

On June 26, the New America Foundation will examine the implications of the federal education and fiscal debates for children and families and consider how America's fiscal quandary could impact future generations. Join us for this discussion of education spending, the effects of our nation's fiscal landscape on children, and the opportunities for America if we succeed in finding a solution to these challenges.


Margaret Spellings 
President and CEO, Margaret Spellings & Company
Former Secretary of Education

James Kvaal
Domestic Policy Council, The White House

Isabel Sawhill  
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families; Co-Director, Budgeting for National Priorities; Senior Fellow and The Cabot Family Chair, The Brookings Institution 

Eugene Steuerle  
Richard B. Fisher Chair and Institute Fellow, Urban Institute 

Jason Delisle
Director, Federal Education Budget Project, New America Foundation

David Gray  
Director, Workforce and Family Program, New America Foundation
Consultant, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget



Event Time and Location

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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