Education Report for May 29, 2009


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1. Budget and Appropriations
-Congress spent week in Memorial Day recess.
-Secretary Duncan set to meet with the Senate, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittees next week.
-Much work to do when they return in order to reach their goal of passing all 12 FY2010 appropriations spending bills before the August recess.
-The education community enters the appropriations debate with mixed feelings over a FY2010 proposal that did not live up to high expectations after the stimulus.

2. Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Hosts Event to Examine Pay for Performance in Teaching
-New report exposes faults in the founding assumptions of the "pay for performance" argument
-Counter-argument made in defense pointing to a Denver example of how to effectively implement
-No clear consensus

3. In Brief, headings include
-SECRETARY DUNCAN CONTINUES LISTENING TOUR
-ED DEPARTMENT AWARDING STATE FISCAL STABILIZATION (SFS) FUNDS TO STATES--funds made available to states that have completed part 1 of the application. For info on which states have submitted applications, visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/resources.html. For info on what specific states are doing with the funds, visit: http://www.edgovblogs.org/duncan/2009/04/state-stabilization-fund-update/
-MIDDLE-CLASS TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP TO FOSTER JOB GROWTH AND GREEN ECONOMY
-TREASURY DISCUSSES FINANCIAL LITERACY AND EDUCATION
-NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS (NCES) RELEASES CONDITION ON EDUCATION.

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

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