ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION UNVEILS NEW MODEL LINKING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY ArticleSeptember 28, 2009
If twelve of the nation's largest cities were to reduce the number of dropouts for a single high school class by just 50 percent, they would see a total of more than $1.5 billion per year in additional wages and 61,800 new homeowners.
GRADUATION PROMISE ACT: New Legislation Would Provide $2.5 Billion for Low-Performing High Schools ArticleSeptember 28, 2009
Low-performing high schools would be eligible for $2.5 billion in federal funds under new legislation introduced on September 23 by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).
THE HIGH COST OF HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS: New Alliance Brief Says Dropouts from the Class of 2009 Represent $335 Billion in Lost Income ArticleSeptember 14, 2009
If the high school students who dropped out of the Class of 2009 had graduated, the nation's economy would have benefited from nearly $335 billion in additional income over the course of their lifetimes.
On July 24, President Obama joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce the criteria states must meet to win a competitive grant under the $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund.
HOUSE BEGINS WORK ON FY 2010 APPROPRIATIONS: Subcommittee Shoots Down Obama Proposal to Shift Title I Funds to School Improvement ArticleJuly 13, 2009
On July 10, the House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee began work on a Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 appropriations bill by the same name that funds the U.S. Department of Education.
“STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL REFORM”: Alliance President Among Witnesses to Appear Before Congressional Committee ArticleMay 18, 2009
On May 12, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing to examine how policies for addressing the high school dropout crisis and improving graduation rates can strengthen America’s economic competitiveness.
OBAMA’S EDUCATION BUDGET MAKES SECONDARY SCHOOLS A PRIORITY: Education Secretary Says a Focus on Middle and High Schools is “Hugely Important to Us” ArticleMay 18, 2009
Earlier this year, President Obama released a broad outline of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Education.
DUNCAN MAKES $44 BILLION IN EDUCATION FUNDING AVAILABLE TO STATES: Education Secretary Says Stimulus Money Must Go Toward “Real and Lasting Reform” ArticleApril 20, 2009
Earlier this month, in an appearance at Doswell Brooks Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the availability of $44 billion to states and schools—the first round of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“NEITHER REST NOR TRANQUILITY”: Former Senior Advisor to British Prime Minster Says School Reform in the United States is at a “Critical Juncture;” Decisions Today Will Impact America’s Capacity to Succeed in the Future ArticleApril 06, 2009
School reform in the United States is at a critical juncture and, over the next year or so, it will be necessary to choose between two broad options: a retreat to the comfortable, introverted, input-focused, evidence-light approach that characterized education reform in the last three decades of the twentieth century; or an advance to the demanding, outward-looking, results-focused, evidence-informed approach toward which some progress has recently been made.
In Address to Congress, President Obama Says Dropping Out of High School is “No Longer an Option” ArticleMarch 10, 2009
In an address to a joint session of Congress on February 24, President Barack said that every American will need to get more than a high school diploma, adding that dropping out of high school is “no longer an option.”