The bill, which would provide some $80 billion for education programs, now goes to conference with a House version that would include $140 billion for schools and colleges

U.S. education secretary, Arne Duncan went to Arlington, Va.'s Wakefield High School as part of a public relations push to get Congress to restore $16 billion in school construction money eliminated from the Senate version of the economic stimulus package.

As Congress is poised to spend at least $80 billion on education programs—and possibly much more—President Barack Obama said that more money for schools must be followed by more reform.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will turn up the pressure on Congress to fund school construction during a visit tomorrow to a Virginia high school slated for renovation in 2013.

The Senate's original bill would have provided between $120 billion and $140 billion for education. The amendment would dial that back to about $80 billion.

Rumor has it that, compared with the original Senate version, the deal now on the table would sizably scale back increases to education.

Here's a roundup of stories to tide you over while you're waiting for the verdict on the stimulus package...

I've heard from folks up on the Hill that an amendment to be introduced by Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, could significantly scale back the nearly $140 billion education funding in the Senate's version of the proposed economic stimulus package. The items targeted include at least $24.8 billion to be cut from the $79 billion State Stabilization Fund, $6.75 billion out of the more than $13 billion for special education, $6.5 billion from Title I out of $13 billion, and $50 million from the proposed $100 million Teacher Quality Enhancement grant program. Advocates are ...

First, there was Broader, Bolder, then there was Education Equality. Now, there's a new consensus. At a two-day summit in Washington, a group of 14 education policy leaders, including Linda Darling-Hammond, the NEA’s John I. Wilson, and two former governors, pieced together a set of six recommendations to President Obama. The forum was sponsored by the HOPE Foundation, a Bloomington, Ind.-based organization that works to support education leaders. (A complete roster of the group is pasted at the end of this item. They're pictured in the photo at left, which is courtesy of the HOPE Foundation. Click to ...

The education department announced today that President Obama has nominated Education Trust vice president Russlynn Ali as the new assistant secretary for civil rights. The EdTrust, of course, is very pro-accountability and championed NCLB as it was being written. And, Ali has done a lot of work on teacher quality and compensation issues. She's also the executive director of the group's West Coast arm, Education Trust-West. Of course, we're still waiting for the official word on who will be Duncan's deputy secretary....

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