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Announcing a new website: Powered by Title II

By Melinda George | January 18, 2022

Today, we are pleased to launch Powered by Title II, a website designed to provide: background facts and data on Title II (the largest source of federal funding for professional learning); tools to advance your professional learning advocacy efforts; the latest federal updates; and links to research outlining the impact of high-quality professional learning.   […]

Federal update for the new year

By Melinda George | January 7, 2022

The Big Picture:

As we enter the new year, Congressional leadership has a very full plate of legislative items – many of them carryovers from last year – that it must get done in a year that will be shorter because of this Fall’s mid-term elections.

Washington wrap up: Reconciliation, infrastructure, appropriations, oh my!

By Melinda George | December 3, 2021

The Big Picture Pivotal pieces of President Biden’s legislative agenda have recently seen movement within Congress, however annual funding bills and other key budgetary and program renewals remain stuck in Congressional gridlock. Here is a review of where the key items stand: Infrastructure: On November 15, President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Funding […]

At last, some movement on the Hill

By Melinda George | November 10, 2021

In early November, Congress finally notched a major policy win, with the House passing the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Fund (BIF) bill on a bipartisan vote. The bill includes no direct funding for education but will help improve the nation’s roads, bridges, drinking water, and broadband access, all of which are critical to schools. BIF, […]

Senate FY22 Labor HSS education bill released

By Jon Bernstein | October 21, 2021

The highlights The Senate is moving forward with a FY 2022 funding appropriation bill that includes the Department of Education. It will be a critical piece of the negotiations. The House bill contains a $150 million increase for Title II-A while the Senate bill contains only a $50 million increase. Learning Forward and its stakeholders […]

Looking beyond current spending battles

By Anthony Armstrong | October 14, 2021

The last couple of weeks saw some progress on Capitol Hill, but mostly it was about pushing the spending battles off until December. At the end of September, the House and Senate came to agreement on a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government and avoid a government shutdown. The resolution allows funding of the […]

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