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On February 5, 2013, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces. The headline witness was Governor Herbert from Utah. He highlighted UT’s Dual Immersion Language (DLI) program as one of three key state initiatives in which they link education and workplace needs. Herbert stated that the efforts (along with STEM, and a post-secondary initiative) produce a strong state that attracts business. The Governor promoted the acquisition of strong student data related to language learning (ie.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee yesterday (2/7/13).  The hearing, entitled, “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers,” featured testimony from Sectary Duncan during the first half and four panelists during in the second half. The panelists included: Terry K. Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education; John B. King, Jr., New York Commissioner of Education; Andrew R. Smarick, Partner, Bellwether Education Partners; and Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust.

On February 5, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces. The headline witness was Governor Herbert from Utah. He highlighted UT’s Dual Immersion Language (DLI) program as one of three key state initiatives in which they link education and workplace needs. He claims that the efforts (along with STEM, and a post-secondary initiative) produce a strong state that is attracting business. Herbert promoted strong student data related to language learning (ie.

The President signed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (HR 2669 ENR), after an earlier veto threat to the House bill. Included in the bill are The TEACH Grants, representing $375 million of mandatory federal spending to prepare new teachers in colleges and universities. Because this is mandatory spending, funds will be available every year without going through the annual appropriations process. This is truly a landmark investment in teacher quality.

Increased Funding in Education Programs, Including Over $501 Million for Exchanges; Lincoln Study Abroad Program Deferred

Senate Hearing - 01/25/2007

Testimony of Rita Oleksak, President, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages before the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia.

Ken Stewart, ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, visiting the Honorable David Price, Congressman from the 4th District of North Carolina

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education announced the formation of the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps. The corps consists of effective teachers and practitioners who provide on-site technical assistance and regional workshops for teachers and school districts. This team is an expansion of the popular Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops that have been offered in cities across the nation for the past two summers.

I would define the objective of transformational diplomacy this way: To work with our many partners around the world to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that will respond to the needs of their people -- and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system…Transformational diplomacy is rooted in partnership, not paternalism -- in doing things with other people, not for them. We seek to use America’s diplomatic power to help foreign citizens to better their own lives, and to build their own nations, and to transform their own futures…Now, to advance transformational diplomacy all around the world, we in the State Department must rise to answer a new historic calling. We must begin to lay new diplomatic foundations to secure a future of freedom for all people. Like the great changes of the past, the new efforts we undertake today will not be completed tomorrow. Transforming the State Department is the work of a generation. But it is urgent work that cannot be deferred.
-- Secretary Rice, January 18, 2006

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