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Comment Period on Pell for Students who are Incarcerated Experimental Site Initiative

Comments are invited on the Pell for Students who are Incarcerated experiment (also known as Second Chance Pell) in which the Department of Education will provide selected eligible postsecondary institutions with a waiver to the current statutory ban on incarcerated individuals, who are otherwise eligible, from receiving Federal Pell Grant funds to attend eligible postsecondaryRead More

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Continuing Resolution Passes Congress, Critical Funding Needs Remain Unresolved

from the Center for Law and Social Policy October 1 marks the start of federal Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), as Congress passed a “Continuing Resolution” (CR) for the first 10 weeks of the fiscal year, acting at the last possible minute to keep the government running until mid-December. Yet this short-term action can’t be counted as anRead More

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Investing in Equal Opportunity: What Would it Take to Build the Balance Wheel?

New Policy Brief from National Education Policy Center In a recently released policy brief, Jennnifer King Rice revisits Horace Mann’s vision of education as the balance wheel of society. She describes the current school system with its own inequities, far from the needed counter-balance to the opportunity gaps that arise from poverty, discrimination and otherRead More

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Reform Higher Education Act to Address Needs of Low-Income and Nontraditional Students

A majority of postsecondary students are independent and many have spent time working or raising a family between high school and college. With these students in mind, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has updated its policy priorities for reforming the Higher Education Act (HEA) to educate and prepare students for economic success,Read More

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ESEA High on the Agenda of Ed Issues as Congress Returns

Back after summer recess, Congress is set to address several education issues, perhaps most important figuring out how to reconcile dueling bills passed by the House and Senate reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Read Lauren Camera’s Education Week run-down of education matters on the Congressional agenda for this fall.

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President Obama Announces Plans to Expand Apprenticeships and Build Momentum to Make Community College Free

Earlier this week, President Obama announced new efforts to expand apprenticeships and continue to build momentum nationwide to make community college free for responsible students, including: Grants to provide “earn and learn” training opportunities to 34,000 new apprentices: The Department of Labor is awarding $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 public-private partnerships marryingRead More

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September 11th Forum on Creating Local Dedicated Funding for Children and Youth

Policymakers, advocates and community leaders across the country are working to close the opportunity gap that leaves many children behind. It is difficult to see new federal or state dollars in sight. Solutions though, require investment. Join the Forum for Youth Investment, Funding the Next Generation, National AfterSchool Association, National Association for the Education ofRead More

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Third Round Promise Zones Initiative Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Applications

The Promise Zones initiative is a place-based approach in which several federal agencies work with community leaders in high poverty areas to help them access the resources and supports necessary to improve education, economic and public safety outcomes. There are currently 13 Promise Zone Designations. The federal government is now accepting public comments to informRead More

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AFT and Shanker Institute Host Forum on Public Education in New Orleans

The Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers are sponsoring a September 9th forum on public education in New Orleans as part of a conversation series designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. Ten Years After the Deluge: The State of Public Education in New Orleans Wednesday, Sep 09,Read More

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Proposed JOBS Act Would Expand Pell Grants for Workforce Training Programs

Recently Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation that would amend the Higher Education Act by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in short-term job training programs. Under current law, Pell Grants –needs-based grants for low-income and working students–can only be appliedRead More

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