Federal Updates

NASBE’s Federal Updates are designed to help state board members understand, influence, and plan for federal education policies. In its efforts to influence national education policymaking, NASBE works to ensure that it represents the views of its members to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, as well as to associations representing governors and state legislators, school administrators, principals, local school boards, teachers and parents.

NASBE leadership is scheduled to participate in the International Summit on the Teaching Profession scheduled for March 16-17 in New York City to work on the following objectives: Emphasize the importance of the teaching profession; Identify and share the world’s best practices in recruiting, preparing, supporting, developing, evaluating, compensating, and retaining teachers; Examine teacher engagement […]

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The Department released a technical assistance memo for state and local officials to combat bullying inside and outside of schools. The memo outlines critical components of strong state bullying laws and policies and is intended to serve as a useful reference for state and local officials developing or revising anti-bullying legislation or policies. The Department compiled […]

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The Department released further guidance to the 11 states and the District of Columbia that were awarded grants under the $4 billion Race to the Top Program. The Department provides additional guidance about making amendments to their applications, specifically requiring states to seek approval before revising their academic goals and timelines, making major alterations to […]

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Save the date for the NASBE and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Joint Legislative Conference March 27-29 in Washington, DC. The focus of the conference will be on reauthorization of ESEA. Conference attendees will be engaging with Congressional members and senior-level Department officials on various ESEA reauthorization issues, including accountability, state flexibility, rural […]

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January 24 forum at its headquarters for all education stakeholders. This forum is part of a series the Department has held for stakeholders over the last year. The Department will outline its 2011 priorities and provide an update on the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The Department will also provide an overview on its recent […]

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The U.S. Department of Education (Department) released its final notice of priorities for discretionary education grant programs, which includes three key areas: advancing cradle-to-career educational reforms, addressing the needs of student subgroups, and building capacity for systemic continuous improvement.  The Department can use, as appropriate for particular discretionary grant programs, one or more of these […]

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Chairman Kline outlined the following priorities for the 112th Congress: Giving employers the certainty, flexibility, and freedom to create jobs; Conducting robust oversight of education and workforce programs across the federal government to protect students, families, workers, and retirees; Modernizing and streamlining training programs to help job-seekers get back to work; and Pursuing education reform […]

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The 112th Congree convened its two-year session on January 5. The Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives with a majority (242-193 margin) and the Democrats remain in control of the U.S. Senate (53-47 margin). Rep. John Kline (MN) is Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee (formerly House Education and Labor Committee) and George Miller (CA) is the Ranking Member. Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA) is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education…

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