Legislative Updates

Race to the Top Fund Final Guidance


Attached please find the Washington Partner's summary of the Race to the Top's (RTT) final application guidance. The $4.35 billion RTT will reward states that have raised student performance in the past and have the capacity to accelerate achievement gains with innovative reforms. Two rounds of competition for the grants will be held with the first round having a due date of January 19, 2010.

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Summit on States' Educational Innovation


On Monday, November 9, the U.S.   --> read more »

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Education Report November 6, 2009


1. Budget and Appropriations
-Mid-term elections and healthcare continued to dominate the political landscape this week on Capitol Hill.   --> read more »

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Presidents Advisory Council on Financial Literacy


Please find attached a memo detailing this week's meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. Also attached are the recommendations put forward by the Advisory Council in its annual reports as attachments for the memo.   --> read more »

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ED Forum on "Measuring Progress and Creating Systems of Continuous Improvement"


On Wednesday, November 4, the Department of Education (ED) hosted its fourth in a planned series of forums that focus on the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The topic for this meeting was “Measuring Progress and Creating Systems of Continuous Improvement.”Attached please find a summary of the event.

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Education Report October 30, 2009


1. Budget and Appropriations
-Thursday, House Democrats lined the steps of the Capitol to unveil a healthcare reform proposal that will be the subject of intense debate for the next two weeks.
-Across the Capitol, Senate leaders were engaged in the same task. The target date for the Senate debate is mid-November.   --> read more »

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NASBE Briefing on Assessment Systems and ED Guidance on RTTT Assessment Program


Please find attached a summary of a briefing held by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). In addition to sharing highlights from their new report titled, Reform at a Crossroads: A Call for Balanced Systems of Assessment and Accountability, panelists discussed the need to rethink the way American students are evaluated and how schools are held accountable.   --> read more »

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ED Stakeholder Forum: Promoting Innovation and Rethinking the Federal Role


On Wednesday, the Department of Education (ED) hosted its third in a planned series of forums that focus on the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The topic for this meeting was "Promoting Innovation and Rethinking the Federal Role." Attached please find a summary of the meeting.

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Education Report October 23, 2009


1. Budget and Appropriations
-Halloween is still a week away, but already the pranks are getting a little scary on Capitol Hill.   --> read more »

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Education Report October 16, 2009


1. Budget and Appropriations
-With a lot of disagreement in the Senate over the annual appropriation bills, it has become clear that the Senate would likely have to extend the current continuing resolution into November. It has also become clear that the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill has little chance of seeing daylight anytime soon.   --> read more »

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