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Friday, May 5, 2017

This week, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE).  The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was announced by Representatives Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) with the goal of helping more students gain the knowledge, skills and experience they need for success in careers and in higher education.

Friday, May 5, 2017

On Monday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a proclamation directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin taking specific steps to assist school districts with meeting food content requirements associated with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.  On Monday, the Secretary announced that USDA will begin the process of amending regulations to provide schools with additional options regarding the serving of whole grains.

Friday, May 5, 2017

This week, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 244, the Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund federal programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017.  The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 79 to 18. As we reported earlier this week, H.R.

Friday, May 5, 2017

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved, by a vote of 217-213, the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which repeals and replaces provisions of the Affordable Care Act, ("Obamacare"). The bill was originally scheduled for a vote on March 24th, but Republican leadership pulled the bill after members of the conservative Freedom Caucus refused to give their support. For the last three weeks, Republicans have worked intently to amend the measure to satisfy members who previously opposed the bill.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

As Congress prepares to vote on the one-week Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Congress is still in negotiations for a final Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill that will fund education and other programs through September 30, 2017. Yesterday evening, House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders announced plans for a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that Congress is scheduled to consider before the current CR expires tomorrow, April 28. The short-term CR (H.J. Res. 99) would fund government operations for one week through May 5, 2017.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As Congress prepares to vote on the one-week Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Congress is still in negotiations for a final Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill that will fund education and other programs through September 30, 2017. Yesterday evening, House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders announced plans for a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that Congress is scheduled to consider before the current CR expires tomorrow, April 28. The short-term CR (H.J. Res. 99) would fund government operations for one week through May 5, 2017.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As lawmakers worked to pass a funding measure to continue government operations, NSBA and the National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC) mobilized school board members and Friends of Public Education to contact their Members of Congress urging them to: 1) Pass a funding measure for the remainder of FY2017 and FY2018 that will maximize PreK-12 education investments; 2) Prioritize funding for special education (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act); and 3) Sustain investments in Title I grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support disadvantaged stud

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to serve as Agriculture Secretary. By a vote of 87-11, the Senate approved the former Georgia governor to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Department of Agriculture oversees school and nutrition programs in public schools, including the National School Lunch Program. In written responses submitted to Senate Agriculture Committee members, Secretary Perdue indicated that he wanted to work to give school districts more power over decisions on students' meals and reduce regulatory burdens on public entities.