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Education Report April 30, 2010

1. Budget and Appropriations
-After talking with representatives from Goldman Sachs Republicans agreed to debate a financial regulatory reform bill that has been months in the making. Several weeks of debate on a financial services bill makes the likelihood of Congress finding floor time to adopt a Budget Resolution much less likely.
-Absent a budget resolution, the Leadership will have to devise a way to pass a deeming resolution to allow appropriators to move forward on spending bills.
-The Senate HELP and House Education and Labor Committees remain committed to crafting a new ESEA Act before the summer recess begins.

2. House Science and Technology Committee Approves COMPETEs Bill
-Last Wednesday, the House Science and Technology Committee approved legislation that would reauthorize the America COMPETEs Act, originally enacted in 2007.
-The bill's programs invest in science, innovation and education to strengthen the U.S. scientific and economic leadership; support employers; and create jobs in the short-, mid-, and long-term.

For more information on the mark up and the bill, visit

3. In brief
-Senate HELP Committee hosts hearing on Standards and Assessments
-Former Labor Secretary Reich launches "Save Public Education"
-Senate HELP Committee examines the K-12 needs of Special Populations
-ED announces 12 major foundations to commit $500 million to I3 fund
-Circle hosts event on Federal Policy and Civic Skills
-Promise neighborhood planning grant program announced

Be sure to also check out sections #4 (New Publications) and #5 (In the News) for articles of interest.

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