A December Roundup from ASCD’s Education Policy Pros


December Policy Roundup from ASCDWhile most schools are out for winter break, news on the education policy front continues to evolve. ASCD’s policy team shares the latest policy news with you here on Inservice.

  • ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) is not your typical professional development experience. The conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to hear from and speak with national education leaders and proactively advocate for what matters most in schools and districts. ASCD’s policy team shares the top five reasons to attend LILA in a recent issue of Capitol Connection. Register today.
  • In his newest “Is It Good for the Kids?” column, Dr. Carter examines the role of teacher evaluations in today’s schools. He looks at where evaluation systems should fit into to educator professional development and student instruction and shares ASCD’s view on evaluation systems.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor will award 25–40 grants ranging from $2 to $7 million each to local education agencies, public or nonprofit local workforce entities, and nonprofits with education reform experience. The grants will come through Youth CareerConnect, a new program that encourages robust employer engagement, integration of postsecondary education and training, and individualized career and academic counseling. Program implementation will begin in early 2014 for the 2014–15 school year. Grantees must provide a 25 percent match of the award amount, and applications are due January 27.
  • Just days shy of its December 13 deadline, a bipartisan congressional committee charged with developing a long-term budget solution agreed on a two-year plan (PDF) that addresses sequestration cuts, establishes top-level budget amounts for FY14 and FY15, and allows both Democrats and Republicans to continue negotiating a deficit reduction plan. The budget act would roll back most sequestration cuts for the next two years, reinstating 87 percent of total spending on domestic discretionary programs. A portion of that will go toward education, although specific program funding details are not yet available.
  • Look for Capitol Connection’s annual “What’s In, What’s Out in 2014” list next week. Sign up for the newsletter here.

For more news and information on ASCD’s policy and advocacy activities, please visit www.ascd.org/publicpolicy.