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Education Report October 2, 2009

1. Budget and Appropriations
-The healthcare debate continued to dominate the activity on Capitol Hill last week. The House under Nancy Pelosi revised the comprehensive bill to be readied for floor action in mid-October. The Senate last announced that they intended to debate healthcare reform before the end of the month.
-When not debating healthcare proposals, Members of Congress continued to make slow but steady progress on the FY 2010 budget. Thursday was the first day of the new fiscal year, and in an effort to avert a government shutdown the Senate adopted a spending bill for the Legislative branch of government that includes a month-long continuing resolution.
-The third major task in front of Congress is reconciliation. Two weeks ago the House passed H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The Senate has until October 15 to mark-up companion legislation in the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee.

2. SEE Forums Releases Guide on Pathways to College
-At an event Last Tuesday put on the by the American Institutes for Research, SEE Forums released a new guide related to postsecondary education titled, "Helping Students Navigate the Path to Challenge: What High Schools can do."
-Dr. Tom Bailey, an author of the guide and Cecila Rouse, a Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors both spoke at the event.
-The last speaker at the event, Mel Riddle, of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, spoke of his work to turn around a low-performing high school and and gave praise to the new guide as well as Dr. Bailey's earlier remarks.

For more information about SEE Forums and a copy of the guide, visit:

3. In Brief
-ED Announces grants to improve teaching in High-Need Schools
-Eight States receiving Striving Readers Grants
-Duncan to participate in teacher town hall
-funds Distributed to promote educational improvement
-Education and Labor Committee holds hearing on effective teachers
-First Focus hosts briefing on Children's Budget 2009
-IES holds webinar on State Longitudinal Data Systems grant program
-AAAS holds briefing on science, innovation and R&D
-Brookings Institution holds briefing on child maltreatment
EPI hosts event to unveil new research on teacher pay

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

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