Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of April 26, 2010

The latest Education News you can use in one place.

Senate HELP Committee Seeks Your Input on NCLB

Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman, and Senator Mike Enzi, Ranking Member (senior Minority member) of the Senate HELP Committee are soliciting comments from educators and the public on the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind). This invitation has been sent to the various national education associations and is now being extended to state agencies, state associations, and individuals.

If you would care to comment on ESEA current law, provide feedback on the Administration's Blueprint for Reform, or offer ideas, information, or suggestions that the HELP Committee should consider, you may e-mail those comments to ESEAcomments@help.senate.gov by Friday, May 7th. Your comments will be shared with all members of the committee.

Obviously, Senator Murkowski continues to be interested in any suggestions, questions, or other feedback you may have. Please feel free to share your comments at any time on this or any federal issue with the Senator via her webform at https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EMailLisa.

USED and HHS Solicit Your Input on Early Learning Issues

The U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services are soliciting input from state agencies, families, educators, students, providers, researchers, and others regarding early learning issues. Over the next two months, they will hold a series of "Listening and Learning about Early Learning" meetings to learn more about innovations and successes from the field on: Understanding P-3 Structures, Workforce and Professional Development, Family Engagement, and Standards and Assessments.

To access the complete notice, including the dates, locations, and topics of the meetings, please open this link or paste it into your browser: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9276.htm. I you are unable to attend the meetings, you can listen in via webinar by registering at www.fsaregistration.ed.gov/profile/web/index.cfm?PKWebId=0x91942aeb2&varPage=agenda. You can also send written comments via e-mail to earlylearning.comments@ed.gov or by writing to: Katy Chapman, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 7W219, Washington, DC 20202. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-(800)-877-8339.

What Works Clearinghouse Evaluates Research on Saxon Math

The WWC has updated their report on Saxon Math, a K-12 math textbook series, and its impact on middle school students' math proficiency. Based on the five studies that met WWC evidence standards, WWC found Saxon Math to have mixed effects for mathematics achievement. A mixed rating indicates evidence of inconsistent effects across the studies. You can read the full report at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/middle_math/saxon/index.asp.