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Federal Education Policy: A Spring Update


The beginning of 2012 has been marked by several key developments that could have important ramifications for federal and state education policy. The House Education and the Workforce Committee passed two bills that would dramatically alter Title I and Title II of the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act; eleven states were granted waivers on key provisions of the law by the U.S. Department of Education, with an additional twenty-six states and Washington, DC requesting waivers; and the Obama administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year 2013.

Moving forward, these developments could have both positive and negative implications for federal education policy and raise several important questions. How would the House bills impact the nation’s high schools? Are the bills likely to make it to the House floor? What are some key changes that states are proposing in their waiver applications? How will the U.S. Department of Education’s budget be impacted by calls for funding cuts?

On March 21, members of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s federal advocacy team presented an update on developments in state and federal policy and their implications for high school reform. Panelists also answered questions submitted by viewers from across the country.


Categories: Federal Education Reform

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