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Legislative Update: Congress Scrambles to Introduce Bills to Address School Violence & Mental Health

In the wake of the school shootings last month in Parkland, Florida that claimed the lives of 17 people, key leaders in both the Senate and the House have introduced legislation they believe will improve school safety and bring more mental health counselors to schools. Senate HELP Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander has introduced a bill […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: Congress Agrees to Two-Year Budget Deal that Will Increase Ed Funding

  Congress Reaches Agreement on FY2018 Budget After a short (five hour plus) government shutdown, and last minute debate (and drama) in both the Senate and House over spending, immigration, and more Congress agreed to a two year spending deal in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 9 that will lift the caps on defense […]

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Legislative Update: Trump Budget Proposes Cuts in Education

President Trump’s budget is not expected out until Tuesday, May 23, but the Washington Post is reporting that the Administration is planning massive cuts to the U.S. Department of Education, and is proposing  that another $1 billion be provided for school choice programs. (In related news, Secretary DeVos is expected to unveil the Administration’s school […]

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Legislative Update: Congress (Finally) Approves FY2017 Budget

Although we are now more than half way through FY2017, as expected both the House and Senate passed, and President Trump signed into law, the bill for FY2017 appropriations before the May 5 deadline that would have closed the federal government. Here are how STEM-related programs fared in the spending bill: ESSA Title IV, Part […]

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Legislative Update: FY2017 Funding, Vouchers and More

First up—guidance you do not want to miss: Last week, the U.S. Department of Education issued a seven page memo detailing possible uses of federal funding through ESSA to support STEM education. The must-see document has helpful examples of how states, schools and districts can leverage ESEA, IDEA, and Perkins Funds for STEM education. The letter […]

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President Obama Gives Shout Out to Computer Science and STEM in SOTU

In his last State of the Union address on January 12 President Obama called for schools to “offer every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.” The President also mentioned the newly defunct No Child Left Behind, calling the new education bill (Every Student Succeeds Act) an […]

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Senate Passes ESSA, President Obama to Sign Bill into Law Tomorrow, Dec. 10

On Weds. Dec. 9, the Senate approved the bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind by a vote of 85 to 12, and President Obama is expected to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law tomorrow, ending the seven year effort to replace the widely unpopular 2002 federal education statute with a new […]

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House Passes New Education Law, Senate Action Expected Week of Dec. 7

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 369 to 64 late on Wednesday, December 2, to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education law which will replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. We anticipate the bill will go to the Senate for approval sometime the week of Dec. 7. President Obama […]

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House of Reps Set to Vote on NCLB Bill Today: Updated December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015 Update The House of Representatives voted 369 to 64 late on Wednesday, December 2, to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law which will replace the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill now goes to the Senate for their approval as soon as next week, then to the […]

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House Speaker Boehner Resigns, What Now for No Child Left Behind?

On Friday, September 25, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner resigned from Congress effective at the end of October. This action caught everyone by surprise. With the Republican party in flux, the pundits are debating what will become of the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind in the aftermath of Boehner’s resignation (read more here), […]

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