SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES $4.2 BILLION INCREASE FOR EDUCATION: House Action Expected After August Recess ArticleJuly 29, 2002
On July 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $4.2 billion increase for education over last year and $2.8 billion more than the President's budget for fiscal 2003.
U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ESTIMATES 8,600 SCHOOLS NEED IMPROVEMENT: 3.5 Million Students Would be Left Behind ArticleJuly 15, 2002
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige recently estimated that 8,600 schools, serving as many as 3.5 million students, would fail to meet adequate yearly progress goals under the No Child Left Behind Act.
The idea of using public funds for private schools in the form of vouchers was put forth in the 1960s by economist Milton Friedman as a way to bring choice and market forces into the business of education.
ALARMING TEACHING STATISTICS FUEL NEED FOR CHANGE: U.S. Secretary of Education’s Report Outlines Reform Effort ArticleJune 17, 2002
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige issued a call to states to radically transform the teacher certification system by raising standards and lowering bureaucratic barriers that keep many highly qualified candidates from pursuing teaching careers.
Last year, Congress gave a large increase in funding-from $8.7 billion to $10.4 billion-for Title I in order to help states meet the higher standards mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Before a Senate panel on equal access to high quality educational resources, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) unveiled his new Student Bill of Rights, which would make states accountable for providing an equal educational opportunity for all students.
The enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind law and a decade-long commitment to standards-based reform by states have pushed education finance back to the forefront of the education debate.
Earlier this month, Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT) launched a new initiative that would significantly increase the federal role in education.
NEW TOOLS FOR PARENTS: U.S. Department of Education Unveils New Web Site and Toolkit for Parents ArticleApril 22, 2002
Last week, Secretary of Education Rod Paige began a 25-city tour across America to foster support for the No Child Left Behind Act.
SCIENTIFICALLY BASED RESEARCH IN FOREFRONT OF EDUCATION POLICY: New Academy of Sciences Approved by House Committee ArticleApril 22, 2002
On March 20, the House Education and Workforce Committee approved HR 3801, the Education Sciences Reform Act, a bill intended to replace the current Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) with a more streamlined organization called the Academy of Education Sciences.