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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...
Federal Update November 20, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | November 20, 2012, 12:27 pm
Obama Administration Faces Education Hurdles   Continue Reading...
Federal Update November 7, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | November 07, 2012, 02:51 pm
The 2012 Election: The Education ImpactThe votes are in and the people have spoken. President Obama's re-election means four more years of unprecedented federal education spending and education reform-minded competitive grants. As the dust settles on the 2012 election, experts are predicting a continuation of an active Department of Education and changes to some controversial state education laws.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update October 16, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | October 16, 2012, 05:03 pm


Congress to Face Uncertainty after November Election

With the November election just weeks away, a newly-elected Congress will undoubtedly face gridlock over education issues such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization and dire budget realities. Experts contend that regardless of who wins both presidential and congressional elections, federal officials will face difficult roadblocks in 2013.

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AAE Federal Update October 2, 2012
posted by: Alix | October 02, 2012, 04:35 pm
Governor Romney Discusses Common Core at Education Nation During last week's Education Nation summit, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told NBC's Brian Williams that he doesn't think the federal government should provide support-financial or otherwise-for common core standards, which have been adopted by forty-six states and the District of Columbia.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update September 18, 2012
posted by: Alix | September 18, 2012, 12:29 pm

Federal Leaders Comment on Chicago Teacher Strike


As the Chicago teacher strike enters into its second week, federal leaders continue to comment on the national implications this situation will have on education and labor policy for years to come.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update September 4, 2012
posted by: Alix | September 04, 2012, 05:41 pm
Secretary Duncan Speaks to Teachers about New School Year As students and teachers begin a new school year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently told a group of more than 800 teachers that "teaching is hard work." In setting the tone for the 2012-2013 academic year, Secretary Duncan challenged educators and commented that teaching has become more difficult as education reforms take hold in classrooms across the country.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update August 21, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 21, 2012, 02:29 pm
President Obama Calls for Aid to Stall Teacher Layoffs According to a White House Report by President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years. President Obama is now using the report to persuade Congress to pass administration proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.   Continue Reading...
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