Illinois Enacts Medicaid Reform Law

Governor Pat Quinn signed major Medicaid reform legislation (H.B. 5420) on January 25. Illinois’ $15 billion per year Medicaid program serves 2.8 million recipients, of whom 1.8 million are enrolled in Illinois Health Connect (primary care case management) but only 200,000 are enrolled in comprehensive managed care plans. [More]

NAME Releases its 2009 Biennial Survey Trends and Data

On January 25, 2011 the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education, Inc. (NAME) hosted a national conference call to review the results of the NAME 2009 Biennial Survey Trends and Data. Over 80 individuals participated in the conference call including representatives of school districts, state Medicaid and education agencies, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). [More]

A Report on the Return on Educational Investment

A January 2011 report published by the Center for American Progress provides a district-by-district evaluation of educational productivity in the United States. According to its author, Ulrich Boser, the Return on Educational Investment report is the first-ever attempt to study and evaluate almost every major school district in the country by measuring the academic achievement a school district produces relative to its educational spending. [More]

New Opportunities for Investing in Innovation Proposals

Runners-up in the Investing in Innovation (i3) competitive grant program may have a second chance to receive funding to support their proposed innovative solutions to some of the nation's biggest education challenges. The $650 million i3 program is part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and, in 2010, only 49 i3 awards were granted by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) out of 1,698 applications. [More]

Office of Child Care Releases Policy Interpretation Question (PIQ)

In early January 2011, the Office of Child Care (OCC) responded with CCDF-ACF-PIQ-2011-01 to multiple questions concerning the establishment of policies related to quality requirements for Lead Agencies and the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF). The range of issues included the establishment of policies requiring child care providers to meet certain quality requirements and how those policies relate to CCDF parental choice requirements. [More]

CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010

President Obama signed Public Law 111 - 320 on December 20, 2010, authorizing another five years of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The fund source provides critical support to states and counties administering a child welfare program and has been a source for creative dependency court programs. [More]

ED Encourages Parent Involvement in School Improvement

n a new January 2011 brochure directed at parents, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) asks, “Does your school need a fresh start?” and, “Are your children getting the education they need?” The brochure is intended to help parents understand the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program and encourages them to become actively involved in turning around low-performing schools. The brochure stresses that ED is offering states billions of dollars in competitive SIGs to support state and local efforts to turn low-performing schools into “models of educational excellence.” [More]