Trump’s Budget Slashes Education Funding, Declared “Dead on Arrival” by Republicans and Democrats Alike

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May 24, 2017 04:38 pm

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President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget on May 23 and immediately received bipartisan criticism from members of Congress concerned with deep cuts to education, health-care programs for low-income adults and children, and a variety of other federal programs.

“I can understand why President Trump wanted to be overseas when he released a budget slashing education at home,” said Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise. “Still, I bet he could hear the outcry emanating from U.S. schools all the way in Rome. Thankfully, members of Congress are already signaling that Trump’s proposal will be parked—permanently—on the tarmac when he returns.”

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Happy Schools, Happy Students: Supporting Student Well-Being

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May 23, 2017 11:10 am

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Last month the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its latest report based on data from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a triennial international survey that evaluates education systems worldwide. It tests the skills and knowledge of fifteen-year-olds, and more than half a million students from seventy-two countries and economies took the most recent iteration of the two-hour test.

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PERKINS REWRITE: House Education Committee Passes Bill to Update Nation’s Main Career and Technical Education Law

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May 22, 2017 11:24 am

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On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee unanimously approved legislation to improve the nation’s career and technical education (CTE). The bill, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was introduced by U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL); it would update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), which provides more than $1.1 billion in federal education funds for middle schools, high schools, and postsecondary education.

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U.S. High School Graduation Rate at All-Time High but off Pace to Meet 2020 Goal of 90 Percent

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May 08, 2017 01:53 pm

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The U.S. high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 83.2 percent, but for the second straight year, the nation is off pace to meet the 90 percent graduation rate goal by 2020, according to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation report, issued by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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College and Career Pathway Success Stories Shine on the Hill

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May 08, 2017 01:35 pm

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First-generation college students Seraiya Wright and Jose Bojorquez helped bring federal policy to life during a Senate briefing on career and technical education (CTE) last week. Seraiya and Jose shared their stories of how college and career pathways can successfully bridge the gap between high school, post-secondary education, and the workforce.

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Deeper Learning Digest: Spreading Deeper Learning

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May 05, 2017 02:56 pm

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This week’s digest features reflection on “scaling” deeper learning, examines the value and perception of career and technical programs, and highlights an innovative class of students working to help an overfishing problem across the world.

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Addressing Disparities in Broadband Access

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May 04, 2017 12:55 pm

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On my first day of teaching in rural Mississippi, I turned on the computer and projector expecting little to go wrong. As students shuffled in, searching for their assigned seats, I realized the internet connection was not working. This was the first but, sadly, not the last time I experienced connectivity issues during my teaching career. More importantly, this problem is not uniquely my own. Throughout the nation, teachers and students struggle with internet connectivity daily. This lack of access to high-quality internet has created a “digital divide” that must be addressed.

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Undocumented Immigrant Students: Can the Nation Avert an Education, Economic, and Moral Crisis Affecting Millions of Young People?

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May 03, 2017 11:08 am

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Imagine waking up to the news that millions of students disappeared overnight. Think of the incalculable cost to the nation of these young people not continuing their education. The patents never filed. The medicines never discovered. The companies never started. The disposable incomes never spent to create more jobs. All the lost human potential, brainpower, and economic contributions that these millions of future wage earners could provide during a time when the nation needs the talents and skills of all its people.

How could this happen, you ask? Already I am hearing reports from principals about the PTA attendance of immigrant families dropping sharply and of parents sending their children to school on alternate days to avoid everyone being picked up in a sweep.

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