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Education Report February 26, 2010

1. Budget and Appropriations
-The quiet hum of staff meetings, catching up and preparing that enveloped Capitol Hill last week was replaced by a frenzy, hearings, posturing, reporters and numerous constituent meetings this week.
-The week began with a bang and got the attention of education advocates and policy makers as Secretary Duncan and President Obama visited with the nation's governors at their annual gathering and highlighted the Administration's education priorities.
-Secretary Duncan spent over two hours with the House Budget Committee on Thursday, and he faced a number of questions about the Department's spending and reform plans. Secretary Duncan will be appearing before other Congressional panels in coming weeks to discuss education spending and reform plans.

2. Senate holds WIA Hearing on Workforce Development
-The Elementary and Secondary Education Act isn't the only major piece of legislation up for reauthorization this year. The Senate HELP Committee held a hearing Wednesday to examine the future of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
-Chairman Tom Harkin noted that job creation is the number one focus for Congress in 2010, and developing and maintaining a highly trained, highly educated workforce is paramount for our economic success.

For more information on the hearing go to:

3. In Brief
-Flurry of ARRA-related announcements expected
-House Education and Labor Committee examines Charter Schools
-New Multimedia Education Campaign targets Hispanic Community
-House Science and Technology Committee hosts OSTP Director Holdren
-First focus holds briefing on Federal investments in Children
-FEA holds briefing on providing Equitable opportunities to learn
-CCSSO and NGA examine assessments to support high-quality learning

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

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