Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Congress, Sequestration and Education

Automatic “Sequestration” Cuts to Begin March 1

Unless Congress acts, on March 1, 2013 all federally-funded education programs (other than Pell grants) will be subject to a 5.1% automatic across-the-board cut as part of sequestration.

This will reduce funding for education programs by $2.6 billion. Important programs for educator preparation such as Teacher Quality Partnership grants, School Leadership grants, Transition to Teaching, and Math and Science partnerships will all be cut.

Other consequences of sequestration:

• Head Start will be cut by $409 million.

• Title I will be cut by $745 million.

• IDEA will be cut by $636 million.

• Funding for Title II, ESEA Teacher Quality Grants will be cut by $127 million.

• Student financial aid programs such as Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and Work-Study will be cut by $88 million.

• Higher education competitive grant programs will cut by a combined $132 million.

• Career, Technical and Adult Education will be cut by $89 million.

Education has already been cut by over $1 billion in the last two fiscal years. Congress needs to show leadership and find other ways to lower spending – education has done its part.

Contact Congress today and tell them to compromise so these cuts do not happen.

Take these 4 easy action steps to save funding for education programs:

• Click on this link. It will bring you to a prepared alert on AACTE’s Grassroots Action Network.

• Fill in your information so that the message goes to your elected representatives.

• Fill in any information you wish to add in the editable text box (e.g. if you have a federal grant tell them how important the program is for recruiting students, reforming educator preparation, etc. and what would be lost if spending is cut.).

• Click Submit.

If you have any questions please contact Jon Gentile at

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

National Digital Learning Day-2/6/13

Celebrate National Digital Learning Day - Wednesday February 6, 2013!

The second annual National Digital Learning Day will take place on Wednesday, February 6. This event celebrates innovative teaching practices that encourage exploration of digital learning, emphasizing how it can provide students with crucial skill sets and increased opportunities. Digital Learning Day recognizes all educators and the successful use of technology in the classroom. Educators are encouraged to participate and personalize the day to inspire students, parents, principles, teachers and other educators to embrace digital learning.

Join the Online Digital Chats
Digital Learning Day Live Chats

As part of the Digital Learning Day celebration, the Alliance has brought together education experts for a series of live chats on the best practices in digital learning and how to improve the educational experience and outcomes for all students.

Details on each of the three live chats are below, followed by a separate “Cover It Live” chat box dedicated to that specific chat. Click to access the chats

•9:00 am – 11:30 am (ET): DLD 2013 Morning Chat: Focus on Instruction, Lesson Plans, and Innovative Strategies and Tools

•11:30 am ET – 12:30 pm (ET): DLD 2013 Special Edition: Chat with Rock Stars on Education Policy, Practice, & Media

•2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (ET): DLD 2013 Afternoon Chat: Project 24: A Focus on the Digital Learning Transition

National Digital Learning Day is presented by the Alliance for Excellent Education and other national educational organizations. The American Library Association's American Association of School Librarians, as well as teachers and other educators are key partners is promoting the event.

For more information on National Digital Learning Day, including toolkits, advocacy tools and current news, visit:

Monday, February 04, 2013

David Luibar and Wendy Mass at South Orange Public Library 2/10/13

Authors David Lubar and Wendy Mass at South Orange Public Library!

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2:00 pm

South Orange Public Library,
 65 Scotland Rd,
South Orange, NJ
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These are the authors your kids read and love, David Lubar and Wendy Mass! Come out and meet them in person at the South Orange library on Sunday February 10th at 2pm! Sponsored by Friends of the SOPL and Sparkhouse.