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State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Application Update #6

July 28, 2009

Over the past couple of weeks, the Department of Education has approved the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) applications of 14 more states. These states join the 36 states/territories that have already begun to receive funds. As of July 17th, nearly $8.7 billion in SFSF monies have been disbursed to states.

Friday News Roundup: Week of July 20-24

July 24, 2009

At Ed Money Watch, we discuss and analyze major issues affecting education funding. In our Friday News Roundup, we try to highlight interesting stories that might otherwise get overlooked. These stories emphasize how federal and state policy changes can affect local schools and districts.

Separation of Degrees - A Report on Teacher Compensation

Illinois Cuts Millions from Education Budget

Budget Plan Approved in California Senate

Maryland Faces Budget Cuts, Preserves Money for K-12

Proposed Pell Grant Formula Explained

July 23, 2009

On Tuesday, the House Education and Labor Committee approved a bill that makes major changes to federal higher education assistance programs. The full House may vote on it as early as next week. At the core of the bill is one of President Obama’s priority education issues: shifting all federal student loans to the Direct Loan program, generating significant administrative savings that are redirected to expand student aid.

Meanwhile, in the Appropriations Committee ...

July 22, 2009

Last Friday the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal year 2010 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which funds early education programs operated by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education.

'Early Learning Facilities' Would Get Construction Dollars Under Miller's Bill

July 22, 2009

It's rare to see early childhood centers being included in discussions of school construction -- an omission that we've lamented before. But the new education bill moving through Congress this week offers good news on that front. The bill not only provides $5 billion for construction and renovation of K-12 schools, it also includes a parenthetical reference to "early learning facilities, as appropriate."

Early Learning Challenge Fund -- Trimmed to an 8-Year Program -- Is Approved by House Committee

July 22, 2009

A major new federal investment in early education, the Early Learning Challenge Grant program that was included in legislation introduced last week by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, and which we wrote about here, cleared its first hurdle on the way to becoming law yesterday.

School Facilities Funding in the Student Loan Bill

July 21, 2009

Much has been said about the recent student loan bill authored by Congressman George Miller (D-CA). The bill makes some major changes to the existing federal student loan program and provides significant funds for early learning programs. But little has been said about the $5.0 billion the bill provides for modernization, renovation and repair of public school facilities including early learning facilities.

Friday News Roundup: Week of July 13-19

July 17, 2009

At Ed Money Watch, we discuss and analyze major issues affecting education funding. In our Friday News Roundup, we try to highlight interesting stories that might otherwise get overlooked. These stories emphasize how federal and state policy changes can affect local schools and districts.

In Massachusetts, Charter School Limit Could Double

Arizona Stimulus Mix-Up Leaves Schools with a $250 Million Windfall

Ohio Education Plan Is a Mixed Bag

Avoiding Tax Hikes, Pennsylvania Democrats Drop Some Higher Ed Funding From Budget

Moving Quickly and Called 'Mandatory': What You Need to Know About the Federal Bill on Early Learning Grants

July 16, 2009

The early childhood community is just starting to digest yesterday's news about legislation in Congress that could provide a new stream of money for states setting up high-quality early learning systems.

House Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Approves 2010 Bill

July 16, 2009

Last Friday the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved its version of the 2010 appropriations bill for programs under its jurisdiction. Overall, the bill increases the total Department of Education appropriation by more than $6.0 billion from 2009 levels with large increases for several major programs. However, the House bill does not fulfill all of the President's requests.

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