NSBA and several other organizations are urging House and Senate Appropriations Committees to preserve federal investments in programs for expanded learning opportunities for our students through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). In early March, the Administration proposed the elimination of 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Currently funded at approximately $1.16 billion, the program supports local and state efforts to implement in-school and out-of-school strategies for providing students with the additional learning time, support and enrichment activities needed to
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This week, the President signed H.J.Res. 57 and H.J.Res. 58, repealing two regulatory packages finalized in the last months of the Obama Administration.
With the first deadline for submission of state plans quickly approaching, the U.S. Department of Education is taking steps to inform states on how state plans will be reviewed by the Department through the peer review process. This week, the Department released the State Plan Peer Review Criteria for Title I, Part A, Title III, Part A, and the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program under the McKinney Vento-Act, which will be utilized by peer reviewers selected by the Department.
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, NSBA joined 10 national education organizations in a letter to urge the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to encourage consultation with local stakeholders, including local school board members, during the development of consolidated state plans. CCSSO was at the center of the process to determine components that should be included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans.
On Wednesday afternoon, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act scheduled for Thursday evening. President Trump met with members of the Freedom Caucus at the White House, but they could not agree on provisions included in the bill or how Republicans should repeal and replace sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare.
NSBA has partnered with the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) to bring you a series of webinars to enhance your advocacy efforts. CMF's latest offering, "Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes of Congressional Decision Making," will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at 1:00pm EST.
On Monday, March 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education submitted to OMB a draft Template for states to use when submitting their consolidated ESSA state plans. Unlike the Every Student Succeeds Act, which strongly emphasizes meaningful consultation and stakeholder engagement by federal, state and local education agencies, the new Template eliminates almost all references to it. In a webinar for states, the Department further indicated that if state plans include sections not related to Template requirements, the peer review process will not consider them.
The Republican measure aimed at repealing and replacing portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as "Obamacare," cleared another hurdle this week. The American Health Care Act passed out of the House Budget Committee by two votes (19-17), as three Republicans, Reps. Dave Brat of Virginia, Gary Palmer of Alabama and Mark Sanford of South Carolina joined Democrats in opposing the measure.
This week, the Administration released a framework for its FY2018 budget request to Congress that would impose significant cuts to federal education investments, along with a precedent for a dual education system to support and expand school choice. Overall, the budget request notes a decrease of more than $9 billion in federal education investments.
On Friday morning, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved legislation to reauthorize and expand the District of Columbia voucher program, known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships program. The Committee approved the legislation by voice vote. After a lengthy debate over the legislation on March 8, titled the "Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act," the Committee vote was postponed to this morning, March 10th.