Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap-Up: June 3

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (May 28 – May 31) in Washington.

The House and Senate were in recess last week.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify in front of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Tuesday, June 4, on the President’s FY2014 budget proposal for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 4 on “the Administration’s Proposed Re-Organization of STEM education programs.” Witnesses include representatives of the Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation, and NASA.

The California school district consortium CORE resubmitted their No Child Left Behind waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, with changes to their proposed accountability system. The changes are in response to feedback they received from a panel of Department reviewers, and Education Week reports that the changes include dropping the accountability subgroup “n size” from 100 to 20 students, and dropping a provision that would only count test scores from the last grade in each school. The revised application states that a school’s accountability score will be based 60% on test scores and graduation rates, 20% on social and emotional factors, and 20% on cultural factors.

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