Policy and Legislation

Washington Update: Where Do Things Stand?

One could say several things have happened in Congress, and others might say nothing has really moved in Congress. And that is determined by your point of view.

A Legislative Surprise: Breaking Through Congressional Gridlock

For the first time in many years, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have voted out of committee an appropriation for the U.S. Department of Education.

A Final Thought

Rules, Laws, Policies

Aren't they supposed to be for the benefit of the students?

Rewriting No Child Left Behind: Are there the legs to carry it across the finish line?

Reauthorization is long overdue. The last three Congresses have tried and failed to rewrite it. Everyone agrees that No Child Left Behind is broken and in need of a rewrite.

A Final Thought

It's All About the Money

Children lose when politicians make educational decisions.

The President’s FY 2016 Education Budget: Continuing to Invest in the Nation’s Future

This article is on the President’s FY 2016 budget proposal. It seems like an annual rite of spring. What is different?

Trends in Education

Trends in Education 2015

2014 Mid-Term Election: Changing of the Guard and Its Impact on Education Policy and Priorities

The mid-term election results are already having an impact on education policy at the national and state levels. With Republicans winning the majority in the Senate, increasing their majority margin in the House, adding more governors and continuing control of many state legislatures will affect the direction of education policy, priorities and practice for at least the next two years, and possibly longer.

Does Washington Still Work?

Congress is on a five-week recess that began on Aug. 1 and returns on Sept. 8. Don’t blame them for taking the time off; they are legally required to do so. Yes, they are off campaigning for himself or herself or someone else, as well as taking a vacation. Many would question whether they deserve it, given the number of critical issues left unresolved or unfinished.

CHPS Releases Fourth Edition of CA-CHPS Criteria

The Collaborative for High Performance School (CHPS) released the fourth edition of the California CHPS Criteria (CA-CHPS) on Aug. 25, 2014.

Does Washington Still Work?

Congress is on a five-week recess that began on August 1 and returns on September 8. Don’t blame them for taking the time off; they are legally required to do so.

Slowly Moving In the Right Direction, But One Step At A Time

As the 2014 mid-term elections get closer, members of Congress have found at least one issue where they have come to an agreement that is both bipartisan and bicameral. After months of negotiations, leaders from the House and Senate introduced the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Working Towards A Mid-Term Election

As Congress moves nearer to the 2014 mid-term election, some effort is underway in both chambers to find common ground on less controversial issues.

The President's FY2015 Education Budget

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, President Obama announced his proposed 2015 Fiscal Year Budget. In recent years, the President’s budget has become more of a ritual than a reality. Maybe better described as a White House wish list. Though required by statute, these budgets are usually dead on arrival and until last year, nothing was ever resolved quickly or on time.

Washington At Work

Congress has begun the second session of the 113th Congress with lots of things to do. First and foremost was to raise the debt ceiling before the end of February. Congress met the deadline with days to spare before it went out on the President’s Day recess.

Subscribe to SP&M E-News

School Planning & Management's free email newsletter keeping you up-to-date and informed.

I agree to this sites Privacy Policy.