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25 november 2008 | The chief of Obama’s ‘transition’ policyteam stresses that he wants to keep up his investmentplans in education, even during the present creditcrisis. "He has talked about education as an investment in a very serious way and he sees his education proposals as ways to grow the economy." He would also give emphasis on investemnt in educational infrastructures and R&D, in particular in energy, in his anti-recession plan, reports say.

President-elect Barack Obama may surprise people and find room in the federal budget for the $30 billion a year it will take to make his education agenda a reality, one of his campaign’s education advisers said.

“He has talked about education as an investment in a very serious way” and he sees his education proposals as ways “to grow the economy,” Linda Darling-Hammond told the National Academy of Education at an event in Washington, where researchers outlined their recommendations for K-12 policy.

The Stanford University professor sounded more optimistic about the prospects for increases in education funding than many others who track the federal budget. The $30 billion price tag for the Obama agenda may sound big, she said, but it’s a small fraction of federal spending. “Thirty billion dollars is decimal dust in the federal budget,” Darling-Hammond concluded.

Darling-Hammond also repeated the president- elect’s promise to double the education research and development budget, “with emphasis on the ‘D’ in R&D,” she said. Whether Obama will deliver on those promises when he proposes his first budget remains to be seen, Darling-Hammond said. But she believes there’s a good chance he will. “The indications are that we will see a president who is very, very committed to this,” she said.

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