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We’re the Educational Jack LaLanne, Too

Among other things, H.R. 2228 would “strengthen the capacity of elementary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools.” Schools! Drop and give me 20!

What is an “English Learner”?

And why not call them “students of English”? S. 1158 is intended to “promote innovative practices for the education of English learners and to help States and local educational agencies with English learner populations build capacity to ensure that English learners receive high-quality instruction that enables English learners to become proficient in English and access [...]

Is it Really the Federal Government’s Job

. . . to keep students safe on school-run, overnight, off-premises field trips?

Congress Coming Back Next Week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced yesterday (on Twitter!) that she would call the House back into session next week to take up a bill dealing with education spending, state fiscal relief, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. We have a cost estimate now, that puts the version of H.R. 1586 likely to be adopted [...]

School is Not Supposed to Hurt

But for some kids it does, according to proponents of H.R. 4247, the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act. Among other things, the bill would prohibit elementary and secondary school personnel from managing any student using mechanical or chemical restraints, physical restraints, or escorts that restrict breathing, or any “aversive behavioral intervention” that [...]

Helicopter Government

You’ve heard of helicopter parenting? S. 1693 would require the Secretary of Agriculture to enhance coordination with states and schools operating school meal programs in the case of a recall of contaminated food. I think states and schools systems can handle it.

Let’s Amend the Constitution – Yet More!

We’ve pointed out new constitutional amendments a couple of times here. Well, a bunch of new ones are on Congress’ docket. Just for you, we’ve organized them into two piles. From the consistent-with-our-scheme-of-negative-rights pile, there’s: H. J. Res. 28, Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote H. [...]

An Economic Recovery Plan – But What’s the Price Tag?

President-Elect Obama began to sketch his economic recovery plan in his weekly address yesterday. It’s long on spending but short on price tag. The items he features in the talk include energy, roads and bridges, schools, broadband, and electronic medical records. Of the items on the list, the energy idea seems to hold the most [...]

Jim Holbert Supports a Tax Break for Teachers

In case you thought campaign season was over, Jim Holbert has begun to run for the 2010 Democratic nomination to represent Kentucky’s fifth congressional district. The seat is currently held by Republican Hal Rogers. Holbert’s independent campaign for the seat in 2008 fared pretty well, though he did not unseat Kentucky’s longest serving representative. Holbert’s [...]