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The ABC’s for the 51st Annual Learning Forward Conference

By Ankhe Bradley and Lisa Skelly | November 30, 2020

Educators across the country have implemented new innovative strategies, lessons, and projects to ensure that learning continues for families, students, and educators. Many of these new innovations are learning experiences that provide a variety of sessions that are meaningful, engaging, and collaborative, much like Learning Forward’s Annual Conference. To help you experience the joy of learning […]

Federal education funding ramps up as the elections wind down

By Melinda George | November 11, 2020

On the first Monday after Election Day and more than two months late, the Senate Appropriations Committee finally introduced its versions of all twelve FY21 Appropriations bills, including Labor HHS Education Appropriations. Overall, the Senate education spending bill provides somewhat less money for the Department of Education and its programs than does the House version, […]

Learning Forward president and CEO congratulates president- and vice president-elect and calls for unity to support education

By Denise Glyn Borders | November 9, 2020

Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Election 2020 is drawing to a close. It has been a long campaign season and regardless of your political views, it is time to come together around our shared commitment to preK-12 education. Our children are the future and our educators are their mentors and […]

COVID relief deal unlikely as House and Senate are too far apart

By Melinda George | October 14, 2020

The old adage “Don’t confuse motion with progress” is sadly applicable to recent efforts to pass new COVID relief legislation. Yes, the House passed last month a new version of the HEROES Act that contains an additional $175 billion in COVID relief funding for K-12 schools, with professional learning a permitted expenditure, and $12 billion […]

K-12 spending a nettlesome issue as the House and Senate diverge greatly

By Melinda George | August 12, 2020

With school already in session in some places and most schools commencing in a few weeks, it is hard to believe that Congress and the Administration remain stalled in negotiating another COVID-19 Relief bill that is supposed to focus on education. After days of apparently fruitless talks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader […]

House approves education funding including Title II-A increase

By Melinda George | July 15, 2020

On July 13, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2021 education funding bill, voting to support a $22.5 million increase for Title II-A. This is a win for Learning Forward as it not only preserves last year’s $76 million increase for this critical professional learning program but adds money in […]