Possible Loan Forgiveness for Some of Child Welfare Workforce

Last week’s news break by National Public Radio (NPR) that the U.S. Department of Education will offer a fix of the troubled public services loan forgiveness program proved to be true when the US Department of Education announced on Wednesday, October 6, new efforts that “Will Put Over 550,000 Public Service Workers Closer to Loan

US Education Department to Fix Public Service Loan Forgiveness

On Friday, October 1, 2021, National Public Radio (NPR) had an exclusive report that the U.S. Department of Education is about to offer a fix of a troubled loan forgiveness program which was supposed to relieve education loans for public servants—including child welfare workers.   The report by NPR: NPR Exclusive: Troubled Public Service Loan

Economists, Business Leaders, House Members Call For Child Care Reconciliation

As the reconciliation bill is fought over, several prominent groups are weighing in support of a major expansion of child care as part of the final reconciliation. In the past two weeks, more than 120 economists, forty-five business leaders, and 100 House members have called on Congress to include the robust child care expansion that

Treasury Releases Study Child Care

Last Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the United States Department of Treasury released a study on the significance of child care to the U.S. economy and to families. The report, The Economics of Child Care Supply in the United States, indicated that for an average family with at least one child under age 5, approximately 13 percent

Education Secretary Tells Local Schools He Has Their Backs On Reopening Schools Safely

On August 13, 2021, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told the Florida Governor and Education Commissioner that he was “deeply concerned about Florida’s July 30 Executive Order prohibiting school districts from adopting universal masking policies consistent with CDC guidance.”   He told Governor DeSantis: “The [U.S. Education] Department recognizes that several school districts in your State have

House Moves Appropriations Bills Forward

The House of Representatives moved on two significant bills last week that included funding for 9 of the 12 appropriations bills. The first “minibus” appropriations rolled together seven bills, including the appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS), Agriculture, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Interior, Military Construction, and Transportation-Housing are rolled

Outlines of Budget Resolution-Reconciliation Unveiled

Last week, Senate leaders and the Administration laid down a marker for a budget resolution that, if adopted by both houses, would open up a reconciliation bill for this fall. If passed by both houses, the budget resolution sets spending levels for the 12 appropriations bills, but in this case, it also includes a reconciliation

New Perry Preschool Research: Benefits Into Adulthood From Early Childhood Education

In a story highlighted by NPR, a new study underlines the economic importance of early childhood education. Research has come out that re-examines the impact of the Perry Preschool Project and its impact into adulthood. And the results are significant.     The Perry Preschool Project (PPP) was landmark research based on a preschool program in Ypsilanti,

Latest Budget Update

Last week resulted in an initial agreement between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators on an infrastructure bill while Congressional Democrats focused on what should be included in a fall reconciliation bill. On Thursday, June 24, 2021, a group of Democratic and Republican senators gathered at the White House along with the President to

Budget and Reconciliation Likely to Reach Into Holiday Season

Last week the House Budget Committee moved on a budget or “deeming” resolution that will allow the House to proceed on their twelve appropriations bills. It is not a joint budget resolution that would require adoption by the Senate and would establish a reconciliation procedure. That action will likely wait for later this summer.  

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