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March 03, 2011

Stopgap Spending Bill Severs Array of Education Programs

The stopgap federal spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday almost certainly spells the end of federal funding for more than a dozen education programs.

March 02, 2011

Obama Signs Short-Term Budget Bill That Slashes Education

Reading programs take a hard hit in the bill keeping the federal government open until March 18 while Congress hammers out a budget for the rest of the fiscal year.

March 02, 2011

Senate Moderates Release NCLB Overhaul Plan

The moderates' set of principles Wednesday for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act closely mirrors the Obama administration's own vision for overhauling the law.

March 01, 2011

House Passes Bill to Keep Gov't Running, Scrap Reading Programs

The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would keep the lights on at the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies for the next two weeks, but also cut spending on some programs.

February 27, 2011

House Floats Plan to Keep Government Running, Scrap K-12 Programs

The latest proposal would keep things afloat for two weeks and give lawmakers a chance to continue negotiations on a bill to finance the government for the rest of fiscal year 2011.

February 25, 2011

What Would a Government Shutdown Do to Education?

While a shutdown probably would not be a picnic for anyone, if the past is any guide, most school districts and states wouldn't feel an immediate pinch.

February 22, 2011

Advocates Push Back Against Proposed Education Cuts

Pressure mounts on the U.S. Senate to reject current-year cuts to programs such as Head Start, Title I, and School Improvement Grants approved by the House of Representatives in the bill passed last weekend.

February 19, 2011

U.S. House Votes to Slash Current-Year Education Funding

The U.S. Department of Education would see its budget slashed by more than $5 billion under the temporary spending bill approved early this morning, which now faces a showdown in the Senate as a March 4 final passage deadline looms.

February 17, 2011

House Lawmakers Vote to Spare IDEA; Cut SIG, Teacher Money

Good news and bad news for fans of education spending. The good news: The U.S. House of Representatives just voted to restore the $557.7 million cut to special education state grants in the fiscal year 2011 spending bill now under consideration on the House floor (you know, the one that will financ...

February 15, 2011

Obama Budget Reflects ESEA Policy Priorities

Republicans are not in a spendy mood, so many of the increases in the Obama administration's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal may well be Dead On Arrival on Capitol Hill. But the budget is more than just a spending plan, it's a policy document. And some of these proposals (especially the ones tha...

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