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Straight A’s: Reviews House Spending Bill, President’s Budget, AP Report to the Nation, and State of the States

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February 22, 2011 09:35 pm


Here’s a quick summary of the articles in the February 22 issue of Straight A’s, the Alliance’s biweekly newsletter.

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HOUSE PASSES FY 2011 SPENDING BILL: Bill Cuts U.S. Department of Education Funding by $5 Billion; Title I, School Improvement Grants, Striving Readers, and Other Programs Facing Funding Cuts: At 4:40 a.m. on February 19, after days of contentious debate and hundreds of amendments, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive spending bill that would keep the government running through Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, which ends September 30. The bill makes more than $60 billion in cuts, including a $5 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Education. The bill passed on a party-line vote of 235–189, with three Republicans joining 186 Democrats who voted unanimously against the bill.

OBAMA RELEASES FY 2012 BUDGET: U.S. Department of Education Slated to Receive 4.6 Percent Increase in Funding: Released on February 14, President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget proposes spending $48.8 billion in discretionary funds for the U.S. Department of Education, a 4.6 percent increase over FY 2010.

THE 7TH ANNUAL AP® REPORT TO THE NATION: Minority Students Still Underrepresented in AP Classrooms and Success Stories: The 7th Annual AP® Report to the Nation finds that although the overall number of high school graduates participating and succeeding in the Advanced Placement (AP) exam has increased, minority students are still underrepresented in both AP classrooms and within the group performing well. The College Board defines a successful AP experience as scoring a 3 or higher on a testing scale of 1 to 5.

STATE OF THE STATES: Governors Prioritize International Competitiveness, Innovation, Graduation Rates, and Vocational Education:

North Carolina: Perdue Calls for Investing in Education

Oklahoma: Fallin Supports Public-Private Partnership to Spur Innovation

Texas: Perry Concentrates on Improving High School Graduation Rate

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