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The A.T.&T. Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to launch a commission that will spend two years examining the finance systems of American colleges and universities.
With a new Republican leadership that has adopted a rallying cry of tax cuts and program consolidation, Congress is expected to take a critical look at federal vocational-education programs when the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act expires next year.
A report this fall from the Committee for Economic Development, "Putting Learning First: Governing and Managing the Schools for High Achievement," is garnering attention within education and outside of it. The report argues that public education in this country has "lost its sense of priorities" and needs to return to its primary mission: improving student learning and academic achievement.
In late October, a media firestorm erupted when proposed national standards for U.S. history were unveiled. Lynne V. Cheney, the former chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (which gave $800,000 in federal funding to the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California at Los Angeles to develop the standards) criticized them as "politically correct to a fare-thee-well"; Time magazine reported that McCarthyism and suffragettes were "hot," while Thomas Edison and the Gettysburg Address were not. Other newsmagazines and national television programs chimed in with their views on the standards.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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