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Stats that Stick: September 19, 2012

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September 19, 2012 06:28 pm

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350,000 students, 29,000 striking Chicago educators, 7 days of missed classes
The Chicago teachers strike has taken center stage in the national conversation about education reform. Today, after striking since last Monday, the Chicago Teachers Union agreed to a deal to end the strikes. While there’s debate on “who” won – the teachers or Mayor Rahm Emanuel, one thing is certain: this historic strike will emerge as the precedent for teacher contract negotiations. The New York Times has the full story.

37 + 7 = 44 The total number of states now requesting No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver flexibility
The US Department of Education reports that Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia, along with Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education have all requested waivers or have been approved for next-generation education reforms to NCLB. This would allow for states to develop their own plans to prepare students for college and career, among other things.

“This is truly a nationwide movement, and the message from coast to coast is clear – America can’t wait any longer for real education reform,” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “My hope is that Congress will come together to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but we know states need flexibility now.”

The percentage by which nearly all federally funded educational programs will be cut if sequestration is implemented: 8.2 percent.

If Congress doesn’t reach a deal within this year to cut nearly $1.4 trillion from the federal budget, sequestration, or across-the-board cuts, will be implemented Jan. 1 of next year. The cuts would hit education hard, taking away $1.3 billion from equity programs (aimed at increasing opportunities for disadvantaged students) alone. Inside Higher Ed has an overview.

The White House Office of Management and Budget released their report on sequestration cuts earlier this week.

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