DUNCAN TALKS EDUCATION BUDGET: In Congressional Testimony, Duncan Defends Obama’s Budget, Urges Committee Members to Look at Big Picture in Competitive Versus Formula Debate ArticleApril 22, 2013
Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies on April 17, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan heard support for the president’s preschool proposal from committee members of both parties.
OBAMA RELEASES FY 2014 BUDGET PROPOSAL: Budget Would Fund New High School Redesign Competition and Preschool Program for Low-Income Four-Year-Olds ArticleApril 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 ArticleApril 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.
STATES’ PERSPECTIVES ON WAIVERS: New CEP Report Finds That States Appreciate Relief from NCLB, Express Concern About Long-Term Solutions ArticleMarch 25, 2013
States are optimistic that waivers will help ease some of the unrealistic requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and improve learning for all students, but they also have concerns.
KEEPING COLLEGE WITHIN REACH: Alliance for Excellent Education Higher Education Expert Testifies Before House Education and the Workforce Committee on Fixing Federal Student Aid ArticleMarch 25, 2013
Federal student aid spending increased to nearly $237 billion this year, but students entering college find the system obtuse and financial support difficult to obtain.
CONGRESS PASSES FISCAL YEAR 2013 SPENDING BILL: Including Sequester Cuts, Bill Reduces Discretionary Funding for U.S. Department of Education by $2.3 Billion ArticleMarch 25, 2013
Last week, the U.S. Congress passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 spending package that avoids a government shutdown by keeping the federal government funded through the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
SEQUESTER TO HIT MARCH 1: White House Details Impact of Across the Board Cuts to Federal Education Programs in New Report ArticleFebruary 25, 2013
On February 24, the White House released a report with state-by-state funding tables detailing how the “sequester".
HELP ON NCLB: Senators Harkin and Alexander Affirm Need to Go Back to Work on NCLB Rewrite During HELP Committee Hearing on Early Lessons from NCLB Waivers ArticleFebruary 25, 2013
During a February 7 hearing on “Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers” under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), both Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), said Congress should go back to work on a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as NCLB.
STATE OF THE UNION: Obama Announces Competition for High Schools in Address to Congress, Nation ArticleFebruary 25, 2013
In his February 12 State of the Union address centered on a “growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs,” President Obama outlined several education proposals, including high-quality preschool available to every child, greater access for high school students to take college courses, and a new competition to redesign America’s high schools.
STATE OF THE STATES: Nation’s Governors Focus on Education as State of the State Addresses Begin ArticleJanuary 14, 2013
Saying that improving education goes “hand-in-hand” with job creation, Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) delivered the National Governors Association’s (NGA) first-ever “State of the States” address on January 9 in Washington, DC.