Last week Congress avoided a possible shutdown of the federal government when it approved and sent to President Trump a consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 244) to fund public education and other federal programs throughout the remainder of federal Fiscal Year 2017, which runs through Sept. 30. The so-called “omnibus” bill (H.R. 244) was passed by the House of Representatives on a vote of 309-118 and by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 79-18. It was signed into law by President Trump on May 5.
Overall, in the education area, the FY 2017 omnibus bill, makes net cuts of about $1.1 billion, but provides a more than a $1 billion increase compared with comparable 2016 funding levels for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education, Impact Aid, and student support programs under Title IV (ESSA). The text of the bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education is available here. Continue reading President Signs Spending Bill to Fund Federal Government Thru Sept. 30
On Thursday (March 9), the U.S. Senate by a vote of 50-49 approved a resolution (H.J.Res. 57) to invoke its authority under the federal Regulatory Control Act to repeal the Accountability and State Plan regulations promulgated last November by the Obama Administration under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). (The Regulatory Control Act allows congressional disapproval of previously promulgated federal regulations under certain conditions.)
Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives had approved the measure 234 – 190 on Tuesday (March 7). The measure heads to the White House, where President Trump is expected to approve it, effectively repealing the regulations issued under the former Administration.
Continue reading Congress, President to Repeal Obama-era Accountability Regulations
On Tuesday, Jan. 17 the U.S. Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will begin proceedings to confirm President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the position of Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
Ms. DeVos is known for her involvement in several education reform organizations that support or promote privatization efforts, including private school vouchers. Those organizations include the American Federation for Children (AFC), the Education Freedom Fund, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, to name a few. Continue reading Confirmation Hearing Set for U.S. Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos for Jan. 17
As results of the Nov. 8 election rolled in, Wisconsin Republicans increased their majorities in both houses of the state Legislature, gaining one seat in each house. State Republicans also captured the open 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by the retiring U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R- Sherwood), saw U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) reelected, and witnessed Donald Trump carry the state and its 10 Electoral College votes on his way to the presidency. All incumbent Republicans on Tuesday’s ballot were reelected, a rare feat.
When the 2017-18 Legislative session begins in January, state Senate Republicans will enjoy a 20-13 advantage over Democrats in the upper House, up from the current 19-14 advantage they hold, while in the lower House state Assembly Republicans’ advantage will increase from 63-36 to 64-35. Continue reading State Republicans Savor Election Sweep, Democrats Return to the Drawing Board
Next Tuesday, Nov. 8, is the Fall General Election. In this month’s tip we will provide information on how to determine who is on your ballot and how to research their positions on the issues (K-12 education, perhaps?).
- Determine who your candidates are. At My Vote Wisconsin you can enter your address to see what races will be on your ballot Nov. 8.
- Do some research on the positions of the candidates. Wisconsin Eye has over 100 interviews with candidates which asks for thoughts on K-12 Education among other issues. You can also search for candidate websites which typically contain some type of platform.
- Find you polling place. My Vote Wisconsin also has an address search for polling places.
- When in doubt, utilize My Vote Wisconsin as a one stop shop for the above information as well as how to register to vote and photo ID requirements.
Continue reading November Advocacy Tip: Research & VOTE
McClatchyDC reports on Secretary John King’s Wednesday appearance before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, at which Republicans “strongly criticized” him for having “failed to follow the intent” of ESSA. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Richard Burr (R-NC) were quoted saying that the bill was clear in its language and the department was not following it.
Continue reading Education Secretary Defends ESSA Implementation Before Senate Committee