HOUSE REJECTS INSUFFICIENT EDUCATION SPENDING BILL: Twenty-Two Republicans Join Democrats in Defeating Bill That Would Have Cut Education Spending by $59.1 Million: On November 17, after intense pressure from education, health care, and other advocates, the House of Representatives defeated, by a vote of 224 to 209, the fiscal year 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education spending bill that had emerged from the Senate-House conference process, with 22 Republicans joining all House Democrats in opposition. The bill would have provided $56.5 billion for the Department of Education-$169 million below the House-passed bill, $212 million below the Senate-passed bill, and $59.1 million below FY 2005 appropriations. The defeat marks the first time since 1995 that a conference report, a compromise version of the bills passed by the House and the Senate, was defeated in the House.
HISPANIC STUDENTS LEFT BEHIND: Hispanic Students Most Likely to Attend High-Poverty, High-Enrollment High Schools: Hispanic high school students are more likely than their white or African-American peers to attend high schools with the highest enrollments, the highest concentrations of poor students, and the highest student-teacher ratios, according to The High Schools Hispanics Attend: Size and Other Key Characteristics, a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center.
U.S. EDUCATION LEVELS EXPECTED TO DECLINE SHARPLY WHEN BABY BOOMERS RETIRE: Decrease in Education Attainment Would Have Profound Effects on U.S. and State Economies: Americans are generally aware that educational disparities exist between whites and other racial and ethnic populations, but they are largely unaware of the social and economic consequences that could result if current educational gaps are not addressed soon, according to a new policy alert from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The report argues that the United States could lose billions of dollars in personal income as more well-educated Baby Boomers retire and are replaced by workers with less education.
STANDARDS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LITERACY COACHES: New Report Details "Must Have" Competencies: The literacy crisis among students in America's middle and high schools is well documented. Based on the most recent reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), more than one in four (29 percent) American eighth graders in public schools read "below basic," indicating that they have no literal understanding of what they read, and putting them at great risk of dropping out of high school. To combat the reading difficulties their students often face, many middle and high schools around the country have turned to literacy coaches for help. These coaches work with content area teachers to help them infuse literacy instruction into their teaching and help them recognize students with reading difficulties.