Education Report for May 22, 2009


1. Budget and Appropriations
-Consumed with the $90 billion supplemental spending bill for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, action on the FY 2010 budget was postponed until after the Memorial Day recess.
-Secretary Duncan will meet with the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittees after the recess to discuss the ED Department's budget proposal.
-Debate likely to be contentious.

2. Two Events Focus on Educating English Language Learners
-Held by the NEA and the Urban Institute, focusing on addressing the rising population of ELLs and persistent performance gap in comparison to peers.
-Discussed the need for better teacher preparation and targeted professional development.
-What is the potential role of the federal government in addressing this challenge?--suggested that needs to be better integrated into the goals of NCLB.

3. In Brief, headings include
MELENDEZ NOMINATED FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
COMMITTEE FOR EDUCATIONAL FUNDING (CEF) HOLDS CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON FY2010 BUDGET
CAPITOL HILL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF K-12 COMPUTING EDUCATION
CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS (CAP) HOLDS BRIEFING ON INCREASING COLLEGE ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION--“Getting To Work: The Tough Journey of Getting To More Postsecondary Degrees.”
CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS (CBC) FOUNDATION HOLDS BRIEFING ON PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS

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

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