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March 12, 2007

House Back To The Drawing Board On Higher Ed?

Uh oh. That's what it sounds like from this letter (PDF) from the big four on the House side. It's basically a call for input from stakeholders. Didn't we do that already? Or doesn't the whole Spellings Commission thing count? If not, I guess I can chuck my Aspen Institute report, too.

March 07, 2007

Hearing-Palooza

I'm the last to hear these things, but there's apparently a Senate HELP committee hearing today (Wednesday) with none other than Bill Gates as a star witness. "Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will testify before the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee on U.S. competitiven...

February 17, 2007

Kennedy Head Start Reauthorization Quick Out Of The Gate

The latest Federal Update from Brustein & Manasevit is out, and includes a few key details you may not have seen elsewhere. For example, Head Start is apparently on the move after its long reauthorization delay. The Senate committee has already passed a bill (s556) that omits provisions that were o...

February 15, 2007

Would A Constitutional Amendment Do Any Good?

All this back and forth with The Quick & The Ed's Sara Mead got me wondering well, what difference would a Constitutional amendment on education make, anyway? Would it be merely symbolic, as so many things are, or would it have any real impact? The answer, I'm learning, is that if enacted it would...

February 15, 2007

Who's Who: Edison Lobbyist Heather Podesta

Here's a light profile from the Wall Street Journal of one of the lobbyists who works on education issues on the Hill for clients including Edison Schools, Heather Podesta (New Congress, New Lobbyists). We met at the start of the year. If I recall correctly, she shares a birthday with NCLB. Marrie...

February 14, 2007

Aspen Report Leader Heads To The Hill

As predicted here several months ago, Aspen Institute NCLB Commission head Alex Nock is leaving his post after having successfully delivering the report yesterday and is heading back to the Hill. Formerly the education guy for the House education committee, he's now going to be the deputy chief o...

February 14, 2007

Now Here's A Big Education Idea

I've been feeling down about the lack of big ideas out there on education -- even bad ones -- but my little Valentine's Day gift from Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL) comes in the form of a bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution (yes, that one) that would make access to a quality education a f...

February 08, 2007

Advanced Placement To The Rescue

Long ago and far away, I helped NM Senator Jeff Bingaman get the federal AP incentive fund funded -- the first national effort at subsidizing the costs of AP exams for low-income kids. But things have changed a lot since then, and it's interesting to compare everyone's coverage of the annual Advan...

February 06, 2007

Few Mysteries At Thursday's Hearing NCLB Hearing

Looking at the witness list for Thursday's HELP committee hearing, there aren't a lot of mysteries. In particular, Chicago's Hosanna Mahaley Johnson, head of the new schools office (and oft-rumored successor to Arne Duncan), is almost certain to support the USDE proposal to bypass state charter c...

February 06, 2007

More CRS Reports For Free

Don't pay good money for CRS reports -- they're public documents, sort of. And as you may recall from previous posts, many of them you can find online at Open CRS. Today's example: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Overview and Selected Issues.

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