Education Report July 31, 2009


1. Budget and Appropriations
-The Senate took center stage on education funding last week. Tuesday the Appropriations Subcommittee on labor, Health and Human Services and Education met to mark-up a bill making appropriations for those agencies for FY 2010. The overall spending is $300 million less than the amount proposed in the House measure adopted last week.
-The programs that received generous funding in the ARRA Act were of lower priority in this bill.
-At the full appropriations committee mark-up on Thursday, one surprise was the defeat of the amendment to increase funding by $100 million for the Teacher Incentive Fund.
-Healthcare again dominated the Hill this week as the House Members left for their August Recess.

2. In Brief
-ED Hosts Webinar about ARRA Funding; Releases some Draft Guidance
-ED Awarding the Last of Phase I SFS Funding
-ED Announces Charter School Grants to Five States
-Duncan Announces Five New Members of his Leadership Team
-NBES Discusses effectiveness and ARRA Distribution
-Jobs for the Future holds Briefing on Improving High School Graduation Rates
-Briefing highlights Programs and Practices to Broaden Participation in Stem
-Coalition for Community Schools and the United Way host Webinar on Parental and Community Involvement
-House Subcommittee holds hearing on improving Stem Education
-CAP hosts briefing on working Learners

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

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