YOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD AND I’LL TAKE THE LOW ROAD: As Appropriations Process Begins, Different Spending Approaches Likely to Delay Process Until After November Elections ArticleApril 30, 2012
As Congress gets to work determining how much federal money various departments and programs will receive this year, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have set discretionary spending limits that are approximately $19 billion apart—a development that is likely to delay the appropriations process until after the November elections.1
SIG-NIFICANT FUNDING, SIG-NIFICIANT IMPROVEMENT?: U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Reports “Very Encouraging Signs” Based on Initial Data; Outside Analyses Find School Improvement Grants Program a “Work in Progress” ArticleApril 16, 2012
Over the last few weeks, the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, which targets the nation’s lowest-performing schools, has been in the spotlight as the initial pieces of data on the program’s results start to emerge.
U.S. EDUCATION REFORM AND NATIONAL SECURITY: New Report Says United States’s Failure to Educate Its Students Is National Security Threat ArticleApril 02, 2012
The failure of the United States to educate its children adequately leaves the nation’s economy and national security at risk, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
SUPERINTENDENTS WEIGH IN: House Appropriations Subcommittee Hears from School Superintendents on President Obama’s Budget Request ArticleApril 02, 2012
On March 27, the House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee held another hearing on the president’s Fiscal Year 2013 K–12 education budget.
COMPETITIVE VERSUS FORMULA: Secretary Duncan Defends Obama FY 2013 Budget Request on Capitol Hill ArticleApril 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.
THE METLIFE SURVEY OF THE AMERICAN TEACHER: TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND THE ECONOMY: Teacher Job Satisfaction at Lowest Level in Two Decades, Survey Finds ArticleMarch 19, 2012
Over the last two years, teacher job satisfaction has fallen by 15 percentage points and is now at the lowest level seen in more than two decades, according to the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher.
The 2012 AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative is now accepting proposals from currently operating high school retention programs that consist of elements aligned to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Dropout Prevention Practice Guide.
On March 18–21, the America’s Promise Alliance will host the “Building a Grad Nation” summit in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises, and Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center.
OBAMA RELEASES FISCAL YEAR 2013 FEDERAL BUDGET: Budget Proposes 3.8 Percent Increase in Discretionary Funding for U.S. Department of Education ArticleFebruary 21, 2012
Released on February 13 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 proposes $47 billion in discretionary funding (excluding Pell Grants) for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of 3.8 percent over the current funding level of $45.3 billion.