From Education Week
By Alyson Klein

President Barack Obama's signature education programs would be scrapped under a bill approved this morning by the House Appropriations Committee panel that oversees education spending.

The measure would cut about $1.1 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's roughly $68 billion budget, according to an analysis by the Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition. The bill covers fiscal year 2013, which starts on Oct. 1. The Senate Appropriations Committee has already passed a similar measure. More information about both bills here.

From National Journal
By Fawn Johnson

Last week, the Government Accountability Office issued a perplexing report showing that charter schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities than traditional public schools. The most dispiriting part of report is at end of the report's second line--"little is known about the factors contributing to these differences." GAO's researchers pride themselves on their thoroughness and impartiality, which makes their very tame recommendations at the end of the report all the more remarkable. The report said the Education Department should 1) update existing guidance on schools' obligations to students with disabilities and 2) more research is needed.

From The Hill
By Dr. Jill Biden

Over the past few years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend time with our veterans, troops and military families. With every visit, I come away inspired.

They are military spouses, who balance work, family and school — all while dealing with the emotions of a deployment. They are military children, who move from school to school while picking up extra chores while their dad or mom is away serving our country. They are survivors of our fallen, who are pillars of strength for their communities. And of course, they are our troops, veterans and wounded warriors, who have dedicated their lives to defending America.

From Education Week
By Stephen Sawchuk

Despite little research supporting the practice, paying teachers for earning advanced degrees continues to cost states billions of dollars—in 2007-08, an estimated $14.8 billion, or 72 percent more than just four years before that, according to a report released today by the Washington-based Center for American Progress.

The report contends that the funding could be better spent on other compensation schemes, such as offering more to teachers in shortage fields, like math or special education; higher salaries to retain the best teachers; or incentives to teachers who take difficult teaching assignments.

From National Journal
By Sharon P. Robinson

Currently, 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have adopted the Common Core State Standards. In doing so, these states believe these standards have something to contribute to their current state standards. Those considering the Common Core standards should know that they cover much of the same content as existing state standards and are intended to serve as an enhancement, not as a replacement of each state’s unique approach to education. They seek to prepare students to apply knowledge through higher-order thinking skills, have contextual skills and awareness, develop academic behaviors, learn content knowledge, and develop cognitive strategies that are incrementally developed over the course of the PK-12 education experience. Students are expected to build upon mathematical process, literacy, rhetorical, and analytic skills from year-to-year through a deliberate and continuous learning process. This requires educators to be cognizant of where their students are in the development of their knowledge and skills and where they are headed.

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