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Education Report: February 6, 2009

Be sure to make use of the bookmarks at the beginning of the attached report to help navigate your areas of interest. Highlights under each section include:

1. Budget and Appropriations
-Contentious debate in Senate over economic stimulus
-Hopes for final passage on Thursday fall through and debate will continue
-Delay of stimulus package will likely carry over into a two week delay of the FY 2009 Omnibus Budget Bill

2. HOPE Foundation Unveils Recommendations for New Administration
-Two day forum devoted to sculpting a future vision for 21st Century American education in the midst of economic uncertainty
-Six changes to k-12 education recommended
-Highlighted the strain placed on the economy by the rising drop our rate and stressed that funding education is the best way to
stimulate the economy in the long term

3. National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Releases New Report on Professional Learning
-research focused on the virtues of effective prof. development
-compared professional development opportunities for teachers in the US to those abroad, finding less extended professional
development opportunities in the US
-Noted that the model for professional development in the US does not provide enough access or support

4. In Brief, headings include:
-Gregg (R-NH) Leaves HELP Committee of Commerce Department to Replace Richardson
-Rep. Hare forms Rural Education Caucuses
-Michelle Obama Visits Department of Education
-National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) Holds Public Hearing--open for public comments on NAEP testing of ELLs and
students with disabilities

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

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