Education Report for March 27, 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
-Congressional Budget Committees in the House and Senate were hard at work to pass Budget Resolutions in response to President Obama's FY 2010 budget plan--an ambitious proposal that has created controversy because of its extent of spending (see report for details) and lack of specifics.
-House and Senate Budget Committee votes split along party lines--both committees adopted Budget Resolutions reducing the President's proposed domestic spending increase (by half) to 6 percent despite opposition from Republican members who argued that the reduction was insufficient.
-The issue of mandating a process for budget "reconciliation" (establishing guidelines for working out the details of some of the more controversial proposals that the administration would like to address in the near future) was not settled by both committees. The House Budget Resolution contains reconciliation guidelines but the Senate's does not, which may make the 60 filibuster-proof votes more difficult to achieve.
-Resolutions are likely to be discussed on the floor of both houses next week.
2. American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Hosts Briefing on Recruiting Standout Teachers
-Main question of interest: Does improving K-12 education primarily rely on recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers or can effective reform be achieved through models that are not as dependent on standout teachers?
-Both sides were examined: the author of a paper titled "Success at Scale in Charter Schooling" argued for the former, while another participant stressed the importance of organizational factors and school structure based on her experience with successful reform in urban schools.
3. In Brief, headings include:
-PROJECT TOMORROW RELEASES SPEAK UP SURVEY RESULTS gauging the ideas and views of teachers, students and parents about education and technology.
-HOUSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON LEGISLATION TO CREATE INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS
-ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION (AEE) HOSTS BRIEFING ON INCREASING COLLEGE ACCESS IN HIGH SCHOOLS
-HOUSE STEM EDUCATION CAUCUS HOSTS BRIEFING ON STEM TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS
SENATE PASSES SERVE AMERICA ACT
-ED AND LABOR COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE ARTS
-AMERICAN YOUTH POLICY FORUM (AYPF) HOSTS FORUM TO EXAMINE EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Be sure to also scan sections #4 ("New Publications") and #5 ("In the News"), for articles of interest.