Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the release of President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015:
“The proposed budget released today by the President shows a clear and unequivocal commitment to expanding the middle class and providing educational, economic, and employment opportunities for all Americans.
We applaud the commitment made in this budget to reduce educational disparities for all children, regardless of their race, class, disability, or ZIP code. The $300 million ‘Race to the Top- Equity and Opportunity’ grant competition will support a range of initiatives including resource equity, access to AP classes and rigorous coursework, implementation of fair discipline policies, and student supports like expanded learning time and improved school safety and climate.
By expanding the earned income tax credit and other middle class tax cuts and providing needed investments in jobs and infrastructure, this budget provides pathways out of poverty for millions of families. It would put more Americans back to work by promoting job growth in the transportation sector and rebuilding our nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
If implemented, this budget would change the lives of students and families across this country for the better; we call on Congress to pass it.”
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.