States' Roles in Federal Health Care Reform

The latest versions of health care reform legislation in the U.S. House (H.R. 3962) and Senate (S. 1796) continue to show that states will be in the forefront of implementation of reform within broad federal requirements. The House could pass H.R. 3962 as soon as November 7. Senate action on S. 1796 is uncertain but may occur by December 15. [More]

House Democrats Unveil $894 Billion Healthcare Reform Package

On October 29, House Democrats unveiled the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962), a 1,990-page bill that blends and updates three versions of previous bills passed by House committees. The $894 billion healthcare reform package will cover 96 percent of Americans; and, according to a news release by the Committee on Ways and Means, is fully paid for. At the unveiling of the bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) noted that the bill would immediately close the so-called "donut-hole" in Medicare Part D. [More]

How to Avoid the Perfect Storm

School districts across the country are racing to implement Response to Intervention (RtI) to promote general education interventions and support eligibility decisions for students suspected of having a learning disability (LD); however, conditions are ripe for a “Perfect Storm” that could lead to higher incidence rates, more racial/ethnic disproportionality and failure to identify claims based on IDEA and Section 504/ADA. What are these conditions and how can school districts avoid this Perfect Storm? [More]

Plans are announced to disburse to education programs $48.6 billion in state fiscal stabilization funds

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated an unprecedented $115 billion in federal funds for education programs. ARRA allocated $53.6 billion to the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) for one-time appropriations to state governors to help stabilize state and local budgets that have been negatively impacted by the current economic recession. [More]

The President's Education Plan

This week, President Obama announced his administration's plans for a comprehensive overhaul of America's public education system. As reported by the U.S. Department of Education, the goal is a 21st century public education system that will "ensure that American children again lead the world in achievement, creativity and success." Key elements of the plan include reforms for: [More]