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Education Report for March 13, 2009

Pleased be advised, the bullets below only provide a rough outline and are not intended as a substitute for the report (attached). NCSS strongly encourages you to read the refined report which will offer a more complete picture of recent events on Capitol Hill from the professionals at Washington Partners. You can easily navigate your areas of interest by using the bookmarks at the beginning of the attachment.

Highlights under each section of the attached report include:

1. Budget and Appropriations
-Senate finally adopted FY 2009 Omnibus spending bill.
-During the bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, President Obama defended himself against claims from both parties that he had abandoned his anti-earmark stance during the campaign.
-With the FY 2009 budget finally settled, attention on the Hill shifted to the FY 2010 budget.
-Secretary of Ed. Arne Duncan met with the House Budget Committee during a hearing on the FY 2010 budget for education.
-Duncan echoed the President's speech on education policy earlier in the week, stressing the following priorities: raising expectations for students; increased compensation to reward and retain high performing teachers; grants to states to enhance early childhood education; charter school support; student loan reform and increased federal support for college tuition.
-All in all a very bold and far reaching plan that is promising for the education world.

2. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Holds Hearing on National Service
-"The Next Generation of National Service" looking at increasing the reach of current programs and creating new national service initiatives by passing national service legislation (the Serve America Act).
-Recent experience with successful programs would serve as a foundation for expansion.
-Participants highlighted the potential for a new age of increased civic engagement.
-Suggested principles with which to systematically undertake the expansion project.

3. In Brief, headings include:
-Obama Speech Highlights the Need for Education Reform laying out "5 pillars" of education reform (Duncan's comments above mirror)
-Department of Education Issues Further American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Guidance providing more details into how stimulus $ for education will be distributed to states and link to website.
-Data Quality Campaign Hosts Summit on the Use of Data to Improve Education
-Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Holds Hearing on Disabled Worker Exploitation
-Three New States Announce Support of Tough Choices or Tough Times Report endorsing the initiatives and reforms suggested in the report as a structure for future changes to education in those states.

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

A More Detailed Report from WP on Ed. Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to the House Budget Committee is also attached for those who are interested.

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