Legislative Updates

Brookings Institution Proposes America's Teacher Corps


Please find attached the Washington Partner's summary of an event which was held on Monday, March 15 at the Brookings Institution. The event was held to release a new report by the Brown Center on Education Policy onteacher quality titled, America’s Teacher Corps.   --> read more »

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"Teaching Civics: Florida lawmakers may require more social-studies classes after abysmal civic health score"


Education Brief, OrlandoSentinel
March 15, 2010

"More civics education needed, advocates say"
Florida lawmakers are listening and may require more classes — and testing — on the subject
By Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel   --> read more »

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Administration Unveils ESEA Renewal Blueprint


Education Brief, Education Week
March 13, 2010

By Alyson Klein
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has released broad principles for renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that seek to address perennial complaints that the law’s current version—the No Child Left Behind Act—is inflexible and doesn’t set a high enough bar for academic achievement.   --> read more »

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Duncan wants 3 ratings for schools in education overhaul


Education Brief, USA Today
March 13, 2010

By Greg Toppo   --> read more »

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Obama Calls for Major Change in Education Law


Education Brief, New York Times
March 13, 2010

By SAM DILLON
The Obama administration on Saturday called for a broad overhaul of President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law, proposing to reshape divisive provisions that encouraged instructors to teach to tests, narrowed the curriculum, and labeled one in three American schools as failing.   --> read more »

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Education Report March 12, 2010


1. Budget and Appropriations
-Healthcare is still a heavy subject on Capitol Hill. The president announced last week he was postponing his trip to Asia in hopes that the Democrats could get the votes they need to pass the healthcare bill.   --> read more »

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Draft Common Standards Elicit Kudos and Criticism


Education Brief, Education Week

By Catherine Gewertz
The first public draft of grade-by-grade common standards, released this morning, is being greeted with a mix of praise and skepticism, illustrating both the mounting consensus that the country needs to set higher expectations for all students and the many problems that complicate their adoption.   --> read more »

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Panel Proposes Single Standard for All Schools


Education Brief, New York Times

By SAM DILLON
A panel of educators convened by the nation’s governors and state school superintendents proposed a uniform set of academic standards on Wednesday, laying out their vision for what all the nation’s public school children should learn in math and English, year by year, from kindergarten to high school graduation.   --> read more »

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Summary of Final Regulations for Investing in Innovation Fund (i3 Program)


On Monday, March 8, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Department of Education's final priorities for the $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). Please find attached a summary of these final regulations.

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Governors, state school superintendents propose common academic standards


Education Brief, The Washington Post

By Nick Anderson
Wednesday, March 10, 2010; 11:39 AM

The nation's governors and state schools chiefs proposed standards Wednesday for what students should learn in English and math, from kindergarten through high school, a crucial step in President Obama's campaign to raise academic standards across the country.   --> read more »

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