Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap-Up: February 25

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week ( February 18 – 22) in Washington.

Congress was in recess last week.

The House Education & the Workforce Committee will hold three hearings this week:

House Republicans introduced a WIA reauthorization bill on Thursday. House Democrats, led by Representative Tierney along with Senior Democratic Member George Miller and Representative Hinojosa, introduced a WIA reauthorization bill on February 15.  It closely resembles the legislative effort pushed by House Democrats last Congress.

The Equity and Excellence Commission released their final report to the Secretary of Education last week, titled “For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence.” The Commission was created by congressional directive in 2010. The report lays out a plan to eliminate the achievement gap by addressing these issues: equitable school finance; improved teachers, leaders, and curricula; expanded high-quality early education; mitigation of the effects of poverty; and tackling accountability and governance.

It continues to look likely that the sequestration cuts will go into effect on March 1, as scheduled.