Education Report for June 19, 2009


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1. Budget and Appropriations

Appropriators moved into high gear to get the ball rolling on the FY 2010 budget. This sparked much controversy from both sides.

-The Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill passed on a vote of 259-157 and is the first to be debated in the house. With a number of appropriations moved through the committee process, the House is on track to meet its August Recess deadline.

-At the senate meeting for the 302B Allocations the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee allocation was higher than its house counterpart with an allocation of $163.1 billion. The subcommittee now has the daunting task to write up a bill that will satisfy both Congress and the White House.

-House Education and Labor Committee worked hard at drafting reconciliation legislation that would revamp the federal student loan program. A mark-up is expected this week.

-Congressman John Kline (R-MN) was selected as the new Ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee.

2. ED Hosts Stakeholder Meeting

Department of Education invited education stakeholders to a meeting at department headquarters this past week. They announced their plan to hold these meetings monthly in the future.

Summary of what was discussed:

-Distribution of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds
-ED's FY 2010 Budget
-State Fiscal Stabilization Funds

3. In Brief

-Duncan Announces Funds for States to develop assessments linked to standards and race to the top fund timeline. For more information visit: http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/06/06152009a.html

-NAGB Releases Arts Assessment

-Education and Labor Committee holds Hearing on Technology in the Classroom

-Gates Enters the Post secondary Realm

-DLC Hosts Discussion on Education Reform

-AACTE Hosts Briefing ON Teacher Preparation Reform

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

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