Category Archives: U.S. Congress

ESEA Reauthorization is on the Move in the Senate

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) held a hearing, “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability.” Last week Senate HELP Chairman Alexander released his 387 page ESEA reauthorization discussion draft, entitled “Every Child Ready for … Continue reading

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State of the Union Highlights Improvements in Education: Present and Future

During the State of the Union, President Obama made note of important improvements at the start of his address, “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our … Continue reading

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Chairman Alexander Releases ESEA Reauthorization Discussion Draft

On Tuesday Senate HELP Chairman Alexander released his 387 page ESEA reauthorization discussion draft, entitled “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.” Alexander is soliciting feedback on his staff discussion draft by Monday, February 2, at: FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov. … Continue reading

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Guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice on Equitable Educational Access for English Learner Students

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have released joint guidance reminding states, school districts, and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Congress Passed FY 15 CRomnibus: Increased Funds for IDEA and Javits!

CEC’s advocacy voice was heard! While most education programs were level funded at FY 14 amounts, both special and gifted education enjoyed increases. Congress passed a trillion dollar spending bill to fund the federal government through September 2015, adverting a … Continue reading

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Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced the release of a Correctional Education Guidance Package

Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced on Monday the release of a Correctional Education Guidance Package to help states and local agencies aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services … Continue reading

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Kline Selected to Serve as Committee Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) was selected by his colleagues to serve as chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee in the 114th Congress and issued this statement with the start of this new role: I am humbled by … Continue reading

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70% of Americans Favor Federal Funds for Preschool Expansion

A new Gallup poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans say they favor using federal money to make sure high-quality preschool programs are available for every child in the country. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to fund universal access … Continue reading

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DEC Kicks Off Early Learning Campaign at Conference this Week

DEC in collaboration with CEC announces its campaign for support of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act and increased funding for Early Childhood IDEA programs today.  Increasing access to and opportunities for high-quality early learning is one of the … Continue reading

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Continuing Appropriations Resolution Passed for FY 2015

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Senate passed H.J.Res.124 – Continuing AppropriationsResolution, 2015 that authorizes appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels and clears it for the President’s signature.    The lame duck Congress … Continue reading

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