May 01, 2017
Today Congress acted to pass a short-term “continuing resolution” or “CR” which will fund the federal government for the next week. This measure will now go to the President for approval. If signed, it will keep the federal government opera...
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Apr 24, 2017
Congress returns next week from its two-week recess, at which point lawmakers will focus on reaching a deal to extend fiscal year (FY) 2017 appropriations in order to avoid a government shutdown.  The government is currently running on a sh...
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Apr 14, 2017
A “Dear Colleague” letter sent to State Chiefs Monday from Acting Assistant Secretary of Education Monique Chism offered confirmation of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) expectations for when interventions should go into place unde...
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Apr 07, 2017
A group of Democrats in Congress have written to the Trump Administration asking them to offer clear guidance on the rights of undocumented immigrants in education.  The letter, addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Educ...
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Apr 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released a new document outlining how peer reviewers should approach review of consolidated State plans submitted to the agency under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under ESSA, ED is require...
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Mar 28, 2017
In a meeting Tuesday, attendees at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) spring conference heard from lawmakers about what to expect from Congress in the coming months.   Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the...
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Mar 21, 2017
Early Thursday, the Trump Administration released its so-called “skinny” budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which begins on October 1st.  The proposal outlines broad budget requests rather than offering a detailed description of the Admi...
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Mar 16, 2017
Thursday March 16, 2017      Dear CEF Members:     This morning at 7am the President released the outline of his fiscal year 2018 budget (also attached) – a so-called “skinny” budget that has only discretionary totals for agencies and...
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