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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 […]

House Introduces the HEROES Act

By Learning Forward | May 12, 2020

May 12 proved to be a significant day for Congress’ response to the pandemic. In addition to NIH Infectious Diseases Institute Chief and White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci testifying before the Senate HELP Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) introduced a $3 trillion COVID-19 Relief Package that included significant educational funding […]

Professional development vouchers are not what educators need

By Melinda George | April 20, 2020

Learning Forward has long worked to ensure that all educators, particularly those serving students with the highest needs, have access to high-quality professional learning that aligns to the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning. Because of our efforts to educate the field about what works, professional learning is shifting away from workshops and one-off sessions […]

Thank you for your commitment

By Denise Glyn Borders | April 17, 2020

A note from Denise Glyn Borders and Steve Cardwell In a typical year, most schools would be looking at spring break in the rear-view mirror and heading toward the final lessons and celebrations that mark the satisfying and busy end to the school year. As we all know, 2020 is anything but typical. First and […]

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