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We are pleased to see a growing recognition within Congress of the need to make basic, but critical, information about the return on investment in higher education available to students and families. As anxiety over student debt and college costs reaches new heights, the public is increasingly questioning the benefit of a college degree. Information about the value of specific degrees will allow those directly affected by higher education—students, families, taxpayers, policymakers, institutions, and employers—to make informed decisions. We applaud those members of Congress who have put specific proposals forward.
A one-stop shop for all of our monthly education stimulus reports. Find out the latest news on the education programs and initiatives funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including updates on Race to the Top (RTTT), i3 grants, the Common Core State Standards, and more.
In a June 13 My View column, Christel Swasey made various allegations against the state school board ("Common Core an assault on liberties" June 13). While I certainly appreciate Swasey's right of free speech, I take exception to both her tone and accuracy.
U.S. Chamber, Central Florida Partnership, Orlando Regional REALTOR© Association and Central Florida Public School Board Coalition Host Florida Education Summit
The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), the National Chamber Foundation (NCF), the Central Florida Partnership, the Orlando Regional REALTOR© Association, and the Central Florida Public School Board Coalition today hosted the Central Florida Education Summit.
After more than a year of near-dormancy in the Senate, the rocky process of rewriting No Child Left Behind is getting a new start. On Tuesday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the retiring chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released a new 1,150-page bill to update the law.
Statement from The Education Trust, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Council for La Raza and U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the Student Success Act
The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is an important step toward putting the lessons learned over the past decade to work for the benefit of students, particularly low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and English-language learners. We know when they are provided quality instruction, interventions and support by effective teachers and school leaders committed to their achievement, these students can succeed in school. Tomorrow’s House Education and Workforce Committee markup of legislation proposed by Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) and Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) is welcome as it moves us forward in updating this landmark legislation for K-12 students. Unfortunately, we believe the legislation falls short of the lessons learned and the need to ensure all students, especially those most in need, are college and career ready.