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April 14, 2010

Duncan Calls on Congress to Pass Edu-Jobs Aid

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today officially called on Congress to pass a second round of funding to help states thwart layoffs and programmatic cuts. This is a big deal because, up to now, the administration hadn't officially asked for more education jobs money, even though the House passe...

March 18, 2010

Early Ed., Community College Initiative, Facilities Aid Out of Student Loan Bill

Democratic leaders couldn't find enough savings through elimination of subsidized student loans to cover new pre-K, new community college program, and school facilities programs.

March 03, 2010

Duncan Covers Familiar Territory in ESEA hearing

Sing along if you know the words: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sketched out his proposal for revising the Elementary and Secondary Act today before the House Education and Labor Committee. Not only were there no new specifics, there were very few new phrases from the secretary. On inc...

January 25, 2010

Massachusetts: Fall-out for K-12 and 2010 Midterms

Folks are still sorting out the results of the Massachusetts special election, and what it means for the Democrats' congressional agenda. (In case you somehow missed it, Bay State voters selected a Republican, Sen.-elect Scott Brown, to fill the seat of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Democratic stalwar...

October 13, 2009

Rep. Mike Castle to Run for Senate

So I'm sure all you politics geeks out there have heard by now that Rep. Mike Castle, a Republican, is going to run for the Senate seat in Delaware that became vacant when Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. became Vice President Joe Biden. Sen. Edward E. Kaufman, a Democrat, is keeping the seat warm for now,...

September 22, 2009

What Happened to that Facilities Money in the Stimulus?

Remember the compromise Congress came up with on school facilities in order to pass the economic-stimulus package? Proponents decided to ditch the billions in school construction grants to win support from moderate lawmakers for the overall stimulus. Instead, school districts were allowed to use a p...

September 18, 2009

Some Education Groups Less Happy With New Health Care Bill

The National Education Association, which is pouring money and manpower into the effort led by Democrats to overhaul the health care system, is less than thrilled with the new bill released earlier this week by the Senate Finance Committee. The nation's largest union put out a statement today sayi...

September 17, 2009

House Passes Student Loan Bill: All Eyes On Senate Now

The interesting part for K-12 is the funding set aside for school facilities, or about $4 billion over two years.

September 15, 2009

House to Vote on Bombshell Higher Ed Bill

The House of Representatives is set to consider this legislation as early as tomorrow that would significantly expand the federal direct lending program, in which students borrow right from the U.S. Treasury. And it would effectively end the Federal Family Education Loan Program, which uses subsidiz...

September 10, 2009

Community Schools: A Bill to Watch

Schools and community organizations that want to use K-12 facilities for mentoring, academic enrichment, and health services could get an assist from the federal government under a bill introduced yesterday by Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House Majority Leader, and Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a mod...

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