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Anne Wujcik, EditorPresident Obama is expected to release his FY 2016 Budget Request on Monday and those in the know say that he will ask for a $2.7 billion increase in education spending. That is more than double the $1.3 billion increases President Obama proposed for FY2015 and well outside what might be expected under the budget cap imposed by the Budget Control Act. Despite that proposed increase, I would be surprised to find big bumps in proposed funding for the core education programs - Title I, I.D.E.A, ELL funding.

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Voice from the Industry

Andrew D. Pass, Chief Executive Officer, A Pass Educational Group, LLCNow is the Time

 

We are fifteen years into this century.

This is the century of the entrepreneur.

Each individual must be entrepreneurial.

Schools must prepare entrepreneurial thinkers.

Now is the time.

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamWow—I am more than ready to say farewell to this week—what a blur. But a weekend is in sight, friends. I am glad many of you dodged Snowmageddon 2015 and am sorry for those of you who did not. I mostly hope you are all safe and warm now, and I know you are looking for a weekend too. So let's get on to it—right after you read my scoops!

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U.S. Education Department Announces Future Ready Regional Summits

The US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners will host a series of Future Ready Regional Summits to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. The summits offer school district leaders expert support to create a digital learning plan that aligns with instructional best practices, is implemented by highly trained teachers, and leads to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities

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A Look at State Pre-K Funding for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year

The majority of states now view access to high-quality preschool programs as a critical long-term economic investment in the future workforce. "State Pre-K Funding: 2014-15 fiscal year," a new ECS analysis of 2014-15 appropriations by the 50 states, found that 28 states plus the District of Columbia increased their investments in pre-K, and state investments in pre-K rose by 12 percent nationally. California led the nation with a 79 percent funding increase, to a total of $397,500,000.

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