President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that he won’t allow states to pay for education programs like accelerated learning programs that allow students to get better grades without having to go to school.
Obama said the federal government won’t force states to provide subsidized education, which are commonly offered to students with disabilities.
“We will not force states that are offering accelerated education to accept vouchers,” Obama said at a news conference.
The president also said he’s considering extending the federal student loan program through 2025.
Under the program, a student who earns a bachelor’s degree at a state university gets a $2,500 loan that is repaid every two years.
Critics say it’s too easy for students to take out loans, especially for those with a high school diploma or GED.
While Obama supports making it easier for people to attend school, he said he also wants to make sure that students who need it are given the resources they need.
He’s also seeking a $15 minimum wage increase for federal contractors and other workers, a $4.6 trillion stimulus package and other measures that are seen as part of his campaign promises to reduce the deficit.