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OBAMA RELEASES FY 2014 BUDGET PROPOSAL: Budget Would Fund New High School Redesign Competition and Preschool Program for Low-Income Four-Year-Olds Article

April 22, 2013

Released April 10, President Obama’s education budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 proposes new grant competitions focused on high school redesign and college completion and includes a $75 billion plan to provide access to high-quality preschool programs.

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET RESOLUTIONS: U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Adopt Very Different Budget Plans, Likely Leading to Difficult Negotiations During Appropriations Process; Obama to Release Budget on April 10 Article

April 08, 2013

The congressional budget resolution is a nonbinding spending blueprint that sets monetary limits for the spending and tax legislation that the U.S. Congress will consider for the rest of the year.

GOOD NEWS FOR GRADUATION RATES: Nation’s High School Graduation Rate Highest Since 1974 Article

January 28, 2013

On January 22, the U.S. Department of Education released new data showing that the nation’s high school graduation rate rose 2.7 percentage points to 78.2 percent, the highest level in more than three decades based on a measurement called Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR).

SUMMER WAIVE(RS): Six Additional States and the District of Columbia Receive NCLB Waivers; To Date, Thirty-Two States and DC Have Received Waivers Article

July 23, 2012

Only July 19, the Obama administration granted additional flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to six additional states (Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, and South Carolina) and the District of Columbia (DC) in exchange for state-led reform in the areas of college- and career-ready standards, accountability and improvement, and teacher evaluation.

HALFWAY POINT: Obama Administration Approves Seven More States for NCLB Waivers Bringing Total to Twenty-Six; Iowa First State to Be Turned Down Article

July 09, 2012

On June 29, the Obama administration approved five additional states’ requests for flexibility from key provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

A STRONGER NATION: United States Makes Modest Progress in College Attainment Rates, New Report Finds Article

April 16, 2012

The percentage of Americans aged twenty-five to sixty-four years with a two- or four-year college degree was 38.3 percent in 2010, a slight increase from 2009 (38.1 percent) and 2008 (37.9 percent), according to a new report from the Lumina Foundation, which adopted a “Big Goal” in 2009 that 60 percent of Americans obtain a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by 2025.

COMPETITIVE VERSUS FORMULA: Secretary Duncan Defends Obama FY 2013 Budget Request on Capitol Hill Article

April 02, 2012

Testifying before the House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee on March 22, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget “reflects his strong commitment to achieving long-term deficit reduction,” but recognizes that cutting back on investments in education could risk America’s continued economic prosperity.

Twenty-Six New States and DC Request NCLB Waivers from U.S. Department of Education Article

March 05, 2012

As Congress continues to work on a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), twenty-six new states and the District of Columbia (DC) formally submitted requests to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers from key provisions of NCLB on February 29.

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