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Thursday, December 1, 2016

On November 30th, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) won an eighth term leading the Democratic caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic Leader Pelosi was re-elected as leader of House Democrats Wednesday with the support of a majority of her colleagues after a high profile challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). This was the strongest demonstration of opposition to Rep. Pelosi's tenure as leader, a post she's held since 2003.
 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Members of Congress returned this week to negotiate the next Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund education programs and other federal programs beyond December 9.  The current CR (H.R. 5325) expires Friday, December 9.  Currently, House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders are discussing the length of the next CR to extend through April 2017.  Based on current negotiations, the next CR will probably not include the policy provisions, or policy "riders," we reported earlier (which were provisions to block implementation of the U.S.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

On Wednesday, November 23, 2017, President-elect Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos, a native of Holland, Michigan, is a long-time education advocate who has worked to establish and fund school choice initiatives, including charter schools and education voucher programs. Ms. DeVos is known for her involvement in several education reform organizations, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), the Education Freedom Fund, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, to name a few.
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Congress reconvened this week and continued negotiating a subsequent appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017 investments in education and other federal programs.  The current funding measure, a Continuing Resolution (CR), will expire December 9.  House and Senate leaders are now considering another longer-term CR instead of a measure providing appropriations throughout the remainder of FY2017. 
 

Friday, November 18, 2016

On Monday, the U.S. Congress returned to Washington, D.C., to begin a lame-duck session that is expected to address government funding, which is set to expire December 9, and various leadership and committee posts for the 115th Congress. This week, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives re-nominated the following Members: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as House Speaker; Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Majority Leader; Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) as Majority Whip and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as Republican Conference Chairwoman.

Friday, November 18, 2016

NSBA's federal advocacy staff are actively monitoring activities of President-elect Trump's transition team, focusing on developments within education policy and matters involving the U.S. Department of Education. While the focus of the transition team, at this point, seems to be on appointments and policies related to the economy, national security and law enforcement, recent developments indicate that the team is also contemplating education related matters.

Friday, November 4, 2016

On November 2, 2016, NSBA submitted public comment in response to the U.S. Department of Education's proposed rulemaking implementing fiscal compliance provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act relating to supplement not supplant. The Department published the proposed regulations on September 6, 2016, following a failed attempt to utilize the negotiated rulemaking process to reach a consensus on the proposed regulations. Primarily, NSBA contends that the proposed rule conflicts with provisions in ESSA in a way that undermines local governance.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee was set to hold a mark-up of the bill this week, at 10:00 am Wednesday morning, September 21st. Following several reports that members of the Committee had concerns with specific provisions of the bill, including provisions that restricted the authority of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, the Committee announced on Tuesday that the mark-up was postponed. It has not yet been rescheduled.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Last week, we reported that the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee was taking action on the Improving Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016, to consider the bill under a unanimous consent agreement. After the bill was filed for unanimous consent at the end of last week, several “holds” were placed on the bill, preventing full consideration of the bill under the unanimous consent process.

Friday, September 23, 2016

On Wednesday, the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), convened a hearing entitled, “Supplanting the Law and Local Education Authority Through Regulatory Fiat” to examine the Title I Supplement Not Supplant (SNS) regulatory proposal recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.