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K-12 Education: Special Forms of Flexibility in the Administration of Federal Aid Programs

K-12 Education: Special Forms of Flexibility in the Administration of Federal Aid Programs

Date: January 10, 2008
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C.
Description: This report begins with a review of the general nature of federal K-12 education program requirements, including their sources, purposes, and the concerns expressed by some grantees about them. This is followed by a description of the current special flexibility authorities under which many of these requirements may be waived or otherwise made inapplicable, along with an analysis of issues specific to individual authorities. This section is divided between authorities initially adopted before the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and authorities initiated in that legislation. The report concludes with an analysis of selected cross-cutting issues regarding these special flexibility authorities overall.
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The No Child Left Behind Act: An Overview of Reauthorization Issues for the 110th Congress

The No Child Left Behind Act: An Overview of Reauthorization Issues for the 110th Congress

Date: April 20, 2007
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C.
Description: This report discusses the federal aid for K-12 education program authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
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Charter Schools: State Developments and Federal Policy Options

Charter Schools: State Developments and Federal Policy Options

Date: April 6, 1998
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C; Stedman, James B & Aleman, Steven R
Description: Charter schools are public elementary or secondary schools which are released from a variety of state, local, and possibly federal regulations in return for new forms of accountability in terms of outcomes for pupils. Approximately one-half of the states authorize the establishment of charter schools, and a federal Public Charter Schools (PCS) program provides start-up funds for such schools. The House has passed (H.R. 2616), and the Senate is considering (S. 1380) legislation to modify and expand the PCS program. This report provides background information on charter schools and their characteristics, plus discussion and analysis of current legislation regarding the PCS program. Issues have also arisen regarding the participation of charter schools in other federal aid programs.
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America COMPETES Act and the FY2010 Budget

America COMPETES Act and the FY2010 Budget

Date: January 29, 2010
Creator: Sargent, John F., Jr.
Description: This report discusses in detail the America COMPETES Act, which is intended to increase the nation's investment in research and development (R&D), and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This report discusses the funding increases authorized by the act for various relevant institutions; the act's education activities intended to enhance the skills of STEM educators; and if Congress will continue to similarly fund the Act in the FY2010 budget.
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Monitoring Foreign Students in the United States: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Monitoring Foreign Students in the United States: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Date: October 20, 2004
Creator: Siskin, Alison
Description: None
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Military Base Closures and the Impact Aid Program for Education

Military Base Closures and the Impact Aid Program for Education

Date: January 23, 2006
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the Impact Aid program, including the calculation of Impact Aid payments to local educational agencies (LEA), and an overview of the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) recommendations. This is followed by a discussion of the potential effects of the BRAC recommendations on LEAs that will both lose and gain students as a result of the changes. The report concludes with a brief discussion of actions that have been taken by LEAs in anticipation of large influxes of federally connected students.
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Military Base Closures and the Impact Aid Program for Education

Military Base Closures and the Impact Aid Program for Education

Date: September 7, 2006
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the Impact Aid program, including the calculation of Impact Aid payments to local educational agencies (LEA), and an overview of the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) recommendations. This is followed by a discussion of the potential effects of the BRAC recommendations on LEAs that will both lose and gain students as a result of the changes. The report concludes with a brief discussion of actions that have been taken by LEAs in anticipation of large influxes of federally connected students.
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Charter School Programs Authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA Title V-B): A Primer

Charter School Programs Authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA Title V-B): A Primer

Date: April 22, 2014
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R.
Description: This report provides an overview of each of the three charter school programs included in Title V-B of the Elementary and Secondary Education ActE (SEA). It also discusses national activities that are authorized under Title V-B-1. It concludes with a discussion of substantive changes that have been made to these programs through annual appropriations acts since FY2010.
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Common Core State Standards: Frequently Asked Questions

Common Core State Standards: Frequently Asked Questions

Date: September 15, 2014
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R. & Feder, Jody
Description: This report addresses frequently asked questions related to the Common Core State Standards and federal involvement with the standards.
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Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5)

Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5)

Date: April 14, 2009
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R.; Smole, David P.; Lordeman, Ann & Riddle, Wayne C.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the key provisions related to education programs that are or will be administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) under Division A, Title VIII, Department of Education, and under Title XIV, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. It also includes a discussion of relevant provisions that were included in the House and Senate bills.
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Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5)

Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5)

Date: February 20, 2009
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R.; Smole, David P.; Lordeman, Ann & Riddle, Wayne C.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the key provisions related to education programs that are or will be administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) under Division A, Title VIII, Department of Education, and under Title XIV, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. It also includes a discussion of relevant provisions that were included in the House and Senate bills.
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Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5)

Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5)

Date: January 30, 2009
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R.; Smole, David P.; Lordeman, Ann & Riddle, Wayne C.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the key provisions related to education programs that are or will be administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) under Division A, Title VIII, Department of Education, and under Title XIV, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. It also includes a discussion of relevant provisions that were included in the House and Senate bills.
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Education-Related Hurricane Relief: Legislative Action

Education-Related Hurricane Relief: Legislative Action

Date: January 12, 2006
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R; Apling, Richard N; Irwin, Paul M; Smole, David P; Mercer, Charmaine & Kuenzi, Jeffrey J
Description: This report provides an overview of the waivers that have been granted by the Department of Education in response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes; three public laws that have been enacted, specifically to provide financial relief to postsecondary students and institutions of higher education; and education-related hurricane relief provisions included in FY2006 defense appropriations. For K-12 education, the latter provides several waivers of existing requirements and appropriates $1.4 billion, primarily to restart school operations in affected areas and to provide emergency impact aid grants to schools serving displaced students. For higher education, P.L. 109-148 provides waivers of existing requirements and makes available $200 million to provide assistance under various HEA programs.
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: March 20, 2003
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: March 25, 2003
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: April 21, 2003
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: May 23, 2003
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: July 11, 2003
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: August 1, 2003
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: February 4, 2003
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: June 28, 2002
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: August 7, 2002
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: October 7, 2002
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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School Choice: Current Legislation

School Choice: Current Legislation

Date: November 5, 2002
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: None
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