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April 04, 2012 04:21 pm

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The newest edition of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Straight A’s newsletter is now available online.
Articles in the issue include:
  • House Congressional budget resolutions
  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s defense of the FY 2013 budget
  • House Appropriations Subcomittee meeting with school superintendents
  • New Alliance report on the literacy crisis
  • New report on U.S. education’s effect on national security
  • New report on high school effectiveness

Links to each of these articles appear below. For a free email subscription to Straight A’s, join the Alliance’s mailing list.

PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD: House Passes Congressional Budget Resolutions, Sets Overall Spending Cap at $19 Billion Below Senate: On March 29, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a congressional budget resolution that would cap discretionary spending in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 at $1.028 trillion, or $19 billion below the level set by last summer’s deal to raise the debt ceiling. With the U.S. Senate sticking to the spending levels set by the debt ceiling agreement, the two chambers will begin the appropriations process with a spending goal that is approximately $19 billion apart. This large disparity will likely lead to difficult negotiations on federal spending priorities, including education spending, later in the year.

 

COMPETITIVE VERSUS FORMULA: Secretary Duncan Defends Obama FY 2013 Budget Request on Capitol Hill: 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. As in the past, Duncan heard criticism from members of both parties for the president’s decision to increase funding for competitive programs, such as Race to the Top, while formula programs, such as Title I, are kept at the previous year’s level.

 

SUPERINTENDENTS WEIGH IN: House Appropriations Subcommittee Hears from School Superintendents on President Obama’s Budget Request: 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 that featured school superintendents from around the country who addressed the formula funding versus competitive funding debate, asked for increased federal spending on education, and called on Congress to revamp the No Child Left Behind Act.

 

CONFRONTING THE CRISIS: New Alliance Report Offers Solutions for Nation’s Literacy Crisis: More than 60 percent of twelfth-grade students leave high school without the advanced reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college and a career, seriously constraining their future employment options and restricting national and state economies, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

 

U.S. EDUCATION REFORM AND NATIONAL SECURITY: New Report Says United States’s Failure to Educate Its Students Is National Security Threat: 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). The report pinpoints a mediocre high school graduation rate, a persistent racial and economic achievement gap, and civic apathy as critical components that result in students who are unprepared to compete globally. This shortfall, the report argues, threatens the country’s competiveness and standing as a leader in the global economy.

 

IT TAKES A WHOLE SOCIETY: New Report Says High School Years Should Blend Academic and Applied Learning, Provide Students with Window to Outside World: The high school system currently in place only offers standard, textbook-learning environments that are not conducive to the multifaceted workforce and postsecondary educational field that is developing today, according to a new report from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), a New England-based organization dedicated to student-centered learning in high schools.

 

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