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Education Report February 19, 2010

1.Budget and Appropriations
-This week marked the President's Day recess week on Capitol Hill. It was a good time for Members to be home as the frozen remnants of back-to-back storms frustrated commuters trying to move in and around the Nation's Capitol.
-Some of last week's cancelled hearings have been rescheduled, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's appearance before the House Budget Committee is expected on February 25th, and he might appear before the House Education and Labor Committee as soon as March 3rd.
-There were few other hints of potential camaraderie throughout the week. The Congress agreed to the appointment of a bi-partisan commission by President Obama to examine the enormous deficit and almost all of the 60 presidential appointments that were put on hold by disgruntled republicans were allowed to move closer to confirmation.
- Further more the lawmakers and Arne Duncan call for ESEA action, which will require a lot of discussion in record time.

2. In Brief
-Lawmakers and Duncan call for ESEA action
-CAP Releases report on expanded Learning Time
-President Obama launches High School Commencement Challenge
-ED and HHS hold interagency briefing on Early Childhood Issues

Be sure to also check out sections #3 (New Publications) and #4 (In the News) for articles of interest.

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