The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its stimulus package today. And education programs are a big winner: Hot off the presses, here's a copy of the House Education and Labor Committee's release on the education section of the bill: EDUCATION FOR THE 21st CENTURY We will put people to work building 21st century classrooms, labs, and libraries to help our kids compete with any worker in the world. 21st Century Classrooms • School Construction: $20 billion, including $14 billion for K-12 and $6 billion for higher education, for renovation and modernization, including technology upgrades and energy efficiency improvements. Also includes $100...


For those wishing and hoping for some federal aid for schools in the stimulus package, it looks like your prayers may be answered, at least in part. There's going to be an $80 billion fund, the majority of which will be earmarked specifically for education, Democratic congressional staff say. It's unclear, though, whether it will flow to states or districts. The other big news? There's going to be money for Title I and students in special education in the stimulus, separate from the fund, Democratic congressional staff told me. No word on yet on just how much, though....


Apparently there is a letter writing campaign underway to express concerns to the transition team and members of Congress about Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for America, Jon Schnur, co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, and Andrew Rotherham, co-director of Education Sector as potential choices for top jobs at the Department. This was written by Sharon Robinson, the president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, to education lobbyists and others and passed to me by a source (not Robinson): It has come to our attention that Education Secretary Designee Arne Duncan has proposed a leadership team ...


Arne Duncan had glowing praise for Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach for America, and Jonathan H. Schnur, the co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, in his confirmation hearing yesterday. Sources have mentioned to me that they are hearing that both are being considered for top positions at Department of Education, along with Andrew Rotherham, a co-director of Education Sector and author of one of my favorite blogs, eduwonk. Sounds like Sherman Dorn is hearing the same thing. Is this true? Well, it also sounds like the list is far from being finalized yet, and there certainly were ...


Arne Duncan, Obama's nominee for Secretary of Education, got flowers and chocolates from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at his confirmation hearing this morning. Well, okay, not really...but it wouldn't have surprised me. Every senator, from liberal Democrat Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland to Sen. Tom Coburn, a small government conservative, went out of their way to say that Duncan was extremely qualified and would be a great Secretary of Education. In the hearing, they praised everything from Duncan's record in Chicago to his jump shot to his children's good behavior. And Duncan lived up to ...


Barack Obama isn't the only one transitioning into a new gig. This blog is going through a transition of its own. About the time Barack Obama gets sworn in, this blog will be re-named Politics K-12 to reflect its new mission. Our musings, analysis, breaking news, sass and spunk won't be reserved just for the campaigns anymore. The politics of public schools—whether at the local, state or federal level—will become the expanded theme of the blog. And expect the country's dire financial straits to be a focal point for the new Politics K-12, which will closely monitor the ...


President Bush gave his very last policy speech as chief executive ever today—and he picked education as the topic. Here in Philadelphia, Mr. Bush extolled the virtues of the No Child Left Behind Act, his signature domestic achievement, in a speech at the racially and socio-economically diverse Gen. Philip Kearny Elementary School, a school that has made adequate yearly progress under NCLB every year since 2003. He didn't say anything new or surprising. He talked about how NCLB has helped expand access to choice, raised student achievement, provided parents with more information, and helped shine a light on groups ...


President-elect Barack Obama delivered a major speech today to urge "dramatic action" to jump-start the economy. In addition to highlighting his plans to use an estimated $775 billion in federal stimulus money to expand Internet broadband, computerize medical records, and double the production of alternative energy, Obama is pledging to use part of the money (it's unclear how much) to modernize school classrooms, labs, and libraries—and to modernize teacher training. This is music to the ears of education groups. "To give our children the chance to live out their dreams in a world that’s never been more competitive, ...


He'll have to share the spotlight, though, with Hillary Clinton, whose confirmation hearing as Secretary of State is the same day....


....Chicago Public Schools for creating a human shrine to the president-elect. Actually, it will be a shrine of humans (in the form of 800 CPS students), mulch, driftwood, bottles, cans, and snow! According to the press release announcing tomorrow's event, "students dressed in red, black and white become human 'drops of paint' to form a 150-foot living portrait of Barack Obama. The event is the culmination of a five-day Art for the Sky educational program by aerial artist Daniel Dancer." There's no word on whether CPS chief Arne Duncan, Obama's choice for education secretary, will be one of those human ...


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