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August 04, 2010

UPDATED: Edujobs Drama Continues

Remember we told you the Senate was slated to finally, finally vote on a $10 billion edujobs package tonight? Well, that didn't end up happening. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Majority Leader, pulled the legislation, which also included $16 billion in Medicaid aid for states, after a cost estimate f...

July 28, 2010

Edujobs, ESEA Renewal, and Miller's Latest Take

Yesterday, Congress officially passed an emergency spending bill—without the edujobs money. Right now, there just doesn't seem to be a legislative vehicle for the $10 billion that supporters say is needed to help prevent hundreds of thousands of layoffs around the country. That despite fervent...

July 15, 2010

House Panel Votes for Another Year of Race to the Top

The Obama administration's centerpiece education reform program would get $800 million in fiscal 2011 under a bill approved by a House appropriations subcommittee.

July 01, 2010

Despite Veto Threat, House Passes Edujobs With Race to the Top Cut

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation late Thursday night to help prevent teacher layoffs, despite opposition from the Obama administration, which threatened to veto the measure if it includes $800 million in cuts to its key K-12 initiatives. The legislation takes aim at three of ...

June 29, 2010

House Dems Trim Race to Top, TIF to Make Room for Edujobs

Draft legislation appears to target a pair of high-profile programs in finding money to save education jobs.

June 24, 2010

Progressive Democrats Release ESEA Wish List

A group of 83 House Democrats has sketched out what its members would like to see in the renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the current version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act. The group, called the Progressive Caucus, includes some of the most liberal members of Congre...

June 08, 2010

On Capitol Hill, Addressing the State of the Child

The Senate education committee's panel on children and families will be examining a variety of issues affecting children's lives.

May 28, 2010

Edujobs Falters, But Is It Dead?

Even though the $23 billion education jobs bill faltered yesterday in Congress, proponents aren't giving up on a measure which public school advocates say is desperately needed to forestall draconian teacher layoffs nationwide.

May 06, 2010

Was Race to the Top Authorized?

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the former director of the Institute of Education Sciences, argues in this Education Week commentary that the Obama administration's signature education policy program, the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, was not authorized by Congress. As a reporter who covere...

April 28, 2010

Advocates Seek to Tweak EduJobs Bill

You may remember that Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, just released a bill aimed at helping states and districts avert a tidal wave of layoffs and programmatic cuts. Education advocates are eager to see passage of the bill, which...

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