Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a record $455 billion federal budget deficit for fiscal 2003. According to the Washington Post, the $455 billion deficit is "up sharply from $158 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2002."
Senate Moves Funding Bill: Appropriations Committee Includes $1.5 Billion Increase for Education, Falls Below House Mark ArticleJuly 07, 2003
Before leaving town for the Fourth of July recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that would provide a $1.5 billion increase, or 2.8 percent, for education programs in fiscal 2004.
NCLB and Middle Schools: Confronting the Challenges Report/Fact SheetJuly 01, 2003
America's middle schools have a problem. Like elementary and high schools, they must meet a barrage of new requirements as the result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
RETAINING OUR BEST: Successful Strategies to Support New Teachers and Keep Veteran Educators ArticleDecember 09, 2002
School districts across the country will need to develop successful strategies both to support new teachers and to keep veteran educators in place if the nation is committed to making sure that no child is left behind.
As a result of Republican wins in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, several changes are forthcoming in the makeup of party leadership and Committee Chairmen.
A new Alliance report, New-Teacher Excellence: Retaining Our Best, argues that as school districts around the nation work overtime to implement the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), they may inadvertently be accelerating the departure of experienced teachers and failing to provide struggling new teachers with the supports they need to become comfortable and effective in the classroom.
Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige estimated that 8,600 schools, serving as many as 3.5 million students, would be labeled "in need of improvement" under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
Last week, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund government programs through Nov. 22, but also found time to send a $355.1 billion defense appropriations bill and a $10.5 billion military construction appropriations bill to President Bush for signature.
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FUND OUR SCHOOLS, KEEP YOUR PROMISE: Education Rally Urges Congress to Pass an Education Spending Bill ArticleOctober 21, 2002
Last week, appearing before a multicolored backdrop reading "Fund Our Schools, Keep Your Promise," a group of parents, teachers, and students joined members of Congress to voice their opposition to a long-term continuing resolution and demand that Congress pass the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill.
In an effort to meet the highly qualified teacher requirement in No Child Left Behind, some school districts have raised class-size limits to reduce the number of teachers needed. According to Education Week, 56 percent of the Los Angeles school district's newly hired teachers are certified, compared with only 34 percent last year.