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Published on January 11, 2008

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U.S. Federal Update:  U.S. Federal Update John Segota Advocacy and Communications Manager, TESOL ITBE Conference – March 10, 2007 U.S. Federal Update:  U.S. Federal Update 110th Congress overview Major Issues in Washington Federal Budget – FY 2007 & 2008 Education Policy No Child Left Behind Workforce Investment Act Higher Education Act Immigration Language Policy U.S. Senate:  U.S. Senate Democratic Majority (49 Dem. 49 Rep., 1 Ind., 1 Ind. Dem.) Leadership Majority Leader - Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Minority Leader - Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Appropriations Committee Chairman – Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) LHHS Subcommittee Chairman – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chairman – Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Children & Families Subcommittee – Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) U.S. House of Representatives:  U.S. House of Representatives Democratic majority (233 Dem., 201 Rep., 1 Vac.) Leadership Speaker of the House – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Majority Leader – Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Minority Leader – Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) House Appropriations Chairman - Rep. David Obey (D-WI) Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL) House Education and Labor Committee Chairman – Rep. George Miller (D-CA) Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL) Rep. Judy Bigger (R-IL) Major Issues in Washington :  Major Issues in Washington 2008 Presidential elections Walter Reed Army Medical Center Panel Investigation U.S. Attorney firings investigation FBI misuse of Patriot Act Trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Iraq War What does this mean?:  What does this mean? Accountability Congressional oversight Balance of Power Executive vs. Legislative Federal Budget Process:  Federal Budget Process President’s budget request Budget resolutions Appropriations 302b allocations 13 appropriations bills Conference committees Approval FY 07 Budget Status:  FY 07 Budget Status Appropriations bills passed in 2006 Defense Homeland Security Continuing Resolutions P.L. 109-289 - through Nov. 17 P.L. 109-369 - through Dec. 8 P.L. 109-383 – through Feb. 15 Final budget passed Feb. 14 FY 07 Budget:  FY 07 Budget FY 06 funding levels No earmarks Includes additional $7 billion for Labor, HHS, and Ed $57.2 billion for Dept. of Ed Level funding for all Dept. of Ed programs Modest increase for Title I of NCLB and IDEA $260 maximum grant award increase for the Pell Grant FY 08 Budget Request:  FY 08 Budget Request Administration proposal - $3 trillion $56 billion for Dept. of Ed Key increases in Dept. of Ed $1.2 billion for Title I grants to schools $500 million for Title I school improvement grants $365 million to improve math and science $300 million for school choice and supplemental education services 14% increase in Pell Grant to $4600 $35 million for the Department's portion of multi-agency National Security Language Initiative FY 08 Budget Request:  FY 08 Budget Request Adult Ed (WIA Title II) $564.1 million English Language Acq. (NCLB Title III) $670.81 million FY 08 Budget Request - Cuts:  FY 08 Budget Request - Cuts Arts in Education Civic Education Comprehensive School Reform Dropout Prevention Technology State Grants Even Start Impact Aid Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Innovative Education Programs Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants (HEA Title II) Career and Technical Education LEAP Grants Perkins Loan Drug-free Schools No Child Left Behind:  No Child Left Behind Reauthorization - 2007 President’s Proposal American Competitiveness High School Initiative Growth Models NCLB Commission Congressional hearings NCLB - Legislation:  NCLB - Legislation HR 648 – NCLB Improvements Act of 2007 HR 1377 – tax credits for teachers working with English language learners & for in-service training Higher Education Act:  Higher Education Act Commission on the Future of Higher Education – Department of Education Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 Title VIII-A of the Deficit Reduction Act Signed into law in February 2006 H.R. 510 – Graduate Opportunities in Higher Education Act Student visas:  Student visas S. 455 - American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now (ACTION) Act Strategic plan for enhancing international student access Calls for revised standards for visa evaluations Reduced fees for short-term programs Adult Education:  Adult Education Workforce Investment Act House H.R. 27 – Job Training Improvement Act passed on March 2, 2005 Senate S. 1021 – WIA Amendments of 2005 H.R. 27 – Unique bill – passed by unanimous consent on June 29, 2006 Adults Achieving the American Dream Act Immigration Reform - 2006:  Immigration Reform - 2006 House H.R. 4437 – Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 Senate S. 2611 – Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act 2006 Passed H.R. 6061 - Secure Fence Act of 2006 Immigration measures:  Immigration measures Adult ESL vouchers S. 1815 – Strengthening American Citizenship Act DREAM Act H.R. 1275 – American DREAM Act S. 2075 – DREAM Act English language policy Inhofe Amdt. No. 4064 Salazar Amdt. No. 4073 Language Policy:  Language Policy English-Only HR 769 HR 997 HJ Res 17 HJ Res 19 H Con. Res. 11 – English Plus Resolution HR 678 – National Security Language Act TESOL U.S. Advocacy Action Center:  TESOL U.S. Advocacy Action Center http://www.capwiz.com/TESOL Updates Legislative information Congressional information Media Election information

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