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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Senate will soon take action on the Improving Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016 . As you may recall, the bill was originally considered and approved by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in January with NSBA’s support. Subsequently, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) determined that the legislation would increase the federal budget deficit by $1.1 billion over the 2016-2025.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tuesday evening, the House passed the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R.

Friday, July 15, 2016

On July 14, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, “ESSA Implementation: Perspectives from Education Stakeholders on Proposed Regulations.” Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) convened the hearing to identify four areas most in need of overhaul in the U.S. Department of Education’s  proposed rules on the timeline for new state accountability systems, summative rating system, requirement for evidence of state academic standards, and the return to high stakes federal tests.

Friday, July 15, 2016

This week, the House Appropriations Committee voted 31 to 19 to approve its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which would prioritize investments for Title I programs and special education grants to school districts and states under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Friday, July 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) last week issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Title I, Parts A and B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which relate to academic assessments. The notice includes proposed assessment regulations developed through the negotiated rulemaking process conducted earlier this year.

Friday, July 8, 2016

On Thursday, July 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies reported a bill that would provide targeted increases to key education programs in the next fiscal year.  The full Committee is scheduled to consider the funding bill July 13.  Given the budget parameters and measures to increase support for national health priorities, the Subcommittee prioritized investments for Title I programs and special education grants to school districts and states under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – pro

Friday, July 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Title I, Parts A and B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which relate to academic assessments. This morning, the Department released proposed assessment regulations developed through the negotiated rulemaking process conducted earlier this year.

Friday, July 8, 2016

On July 7, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a markup for H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which passed with a vote of 37 to 0.  Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) —along with Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Rick Nolan (D-MN)— introduced the legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE). H.R.

Friday, July 1, 2016

On June 29, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing entitled, "ESSA Implementation: Update from the U.S. Secretary of Education on Proposed Regulations."  NSBA attended a hearing convened by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to discuss the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and receive an update from the U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, on the U.S. Department of Education (ED)'s proposed regulations.

Friday, July 1, 2016

On Wednesday, June 29, Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) -along with Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Rick Nolan (D-MN)- introduced the  Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE), which has not been updated since 2006. This bipartisan legislation seeks to help more Americans by equipping them with the academic, technical and employability skills needed to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.