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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order yesterday designed to prevent government employees (including teachers) from being forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

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Education & State of the Union 2015
posted by: Alana | January 21, 2015, 01:57 PM

Did you miss the State of the Union Address? Don’t worry. AAE has you covered.

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Federal Update: May 23, 2014
posted by: Ruthie | May 23, 2014, 06:46 AM

Public Charter School Legislation Passes House of Representatives  


Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (HR 10)with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 360 to 45 during National Charter Schools Week.

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Federal Update: March 18, 2014
posted by: Ruthie | March 18, 2014, 01:44 PM

Federal Budget Release Reveals President Obama's PrioritiesAt the beginning of the month, President Obama released his annual budget proposal, requesting $68.6 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education. This number is a 1.9% increase from the 2014 budget.

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Federal Update: December 23, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | December 23, 2013, 11:15 AM

Department of Educations Extends Transition Flexibility Waivers for StatesThe Department of Education will consider, on a state-by-state basis, requests for flexibility in two areas: the timeline for using results of teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that meet the requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility for personnel decisions, and field testing new assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards.

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Federal Update: November 14, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | November 14, 2013, 01:12 PM

Department of Education to Scale Back NCLB Waiver-Renewal MandatesThe U.S. Department of Education is planning to streamline and modify the process of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver renewals. In August, the administration announced new difficult mandates for waiver approval. However, the Department of Education will soon release an updated mandate process, which includes a significant relaxation of equity in teacher distribution.

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Federal Update: October 28, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | October 28, 2013, 04:52 PM

House Education and Workforce Committee Passes Bill Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent PredatorsLast week, with broad bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed legislation designed to help keep children safe from sexual predators and other violent adults in their schools.

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Federal Update: September 18, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | September 17, 2013, 03:15 PM

GOP Leaders Protest Attempt to Shut Down Louisiana's School Choice Program 

Today, House Republican leaders sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns about the Obama administration's effort to shut down a successful school choice program in Louisiana.

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Federal Update: August 29, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | August 29, 2013, 12:24 PM

President Obama's Plan to Make College More Affordable

Last week, President Obama outlined an ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs. In an effort to make college more affordable for families across America, the Obama administration has focused on several new goals.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: August 15, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | August 15, 2013, 09:35 AM

Secretary Duncan Names Leaders to the National Assessment Governing Board


Last week, Secretary Duncan appointed five education leaders -- a state legislator, an elementary school principal, a testing and measurement expert, and two parent/general public members -- to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAEP). This board determines subjects and content to be tested in schools, sets the achievement levels for reporting, and releases the results to the public.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: July 8, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | July 08, 2013, 09:02 AM
Secretary Arne Duncan Speaks at National Charter School ConferenceLast week, Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at the National Charter School Conference in Washington, DC.    Continue Reading...
Federal Update: May 8, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | May 08, 2013, 08:31 AM


Secretary Duncan Issues Thoughts on Teacher Appreciation Day In an opinion piece issued today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commended National Teacher Appreciation Day and further called for renewed support of Educators beyond just small gifts and cards.     Continue Reading...
Federal Update: April 24, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | April 24, 2013, 04:11 PM

Head Start Cuts Still to be DeterminedIn the wake of federal sequestration and subsequent budget cuts, low-performing Head Start centers were told to anticipate a major loss of grant money. However, the Office of Head Start has yet to specify which centers will be affected.

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Federal Update: April 11, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | April 11, 2013, 09:44 AM
President Obama Releases 2014 Fiscal Year BudgetYesterday, President Obama released the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget. These guidelines contain several implications for education, as outlined below.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: March 27, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | March 27, 2013, 02:31 PM
Congress Takes Action on Special Education FundingIn light of the recession, several states have attempted to cut their spending on special education programs. However, Congress has curtailed this practice by cutting federal funding for states that spend less than they spent last year on special education initiatives.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: February 11, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | February 11, 2013, 04:57 PM
U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Holds Hearing on Challenges and Opportunities Facing America's Schools and WorkplacesLast week, the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee held a congressional hearing to explore the challenges and opportunities facing America's workforce and K-12 students. In testimony by several prominent education and business leaders, witnesses argued that our nation must prepare our students for the jobs of the 21st century.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: January 29, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | January 29, 2013, 01:58 PM
Federal Lawmakers Recognize National School Choice WeekThis week, as we celebrate National School Choice Week, several federal elected officials have taken time to recognize the grassroots movement aimed at providing educational options for all stakeholders. U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) released the following statement in recognition of National School Choice Week:   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: January 14, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | January 14, 2013, 05:27 PM
Longer School Year: Helpful or Harmful?Recently, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee transitioned to a three-year pilot program that adds 300 hours to the school year. The program will affect nearly 20,000 students in 40 schools. The news comes on the heels of bipartisan recommendations from federal lawmakers and reform advocates who are calling for increased instruction time.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: January 4, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | January 04, 2013, 09:10 AM
The 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal and Education SpendingFollowing an eventful holiday season, yesterday President Obama signed legislation designed to avoid the "fiscal cliff" and prevent automatic spending cuts across all government agencies. The measure was passed just in time to delay the cuts until March. Federal education programs will be spared from deep cuts, but only temporarily.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: December 4, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | December 04, 2012, 09:34 AM
U.S. Department of Education Releases New Report on National Graduation RatesLast week, the U.S. Department of Education released a new state-by-state graduation rate report. The data details four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 – the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure.   Continue Reading...
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