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Steven Kroll, managing director at Monness Crespi Hardt & Co., talks about the U.S. deficit and economy. Kroll also speaks about the tax-cut agreement President Obama reached with Republicans, the performance of U.S. stock and bond markets, and his investment strategy. He talks with Matt Miller and Carol Massar on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” Dan Deming of Stutland Equities LLC also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Major changes to state education policies have been recommended by the newly formed Digital Learning Council. Some of the ideas include abolishing seat-time requirements, linking teacher pay to student success, and overhauling public school funding models, Education News reports.

The council–headed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise and includes about 100 leaders across government, education, business, technology, and research–also suggests that, not only should all students have access to digital learning opportunities in the form of online or blended courses, but they should have choices between providers and methods of access.

The recommendations are part of the council’s 10 policy suggestions in a report issued Wednesday for states to use digital learning as a catalyst for education reform.

Read more on Edweek.org

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According to an Edweek.org article titled, “Congress OKs Budget with Increase for Education,” the House of Representatives approved a bill on December 9, 2009 that would finance programs in the U.S. Department of Education for about $63.7 billion, which is a 0.7 percent decrease from what President Barack Obama originally proposed. President Obama proposed about $64.2 billion for fiscal year 2010. The House of Representatives voted 221-202.

The Senate approved the measure on December 13, 2009 with a vote of 57-35 and both the House and the Senate’s compromise includes $14.5 billion for Title I grants to help districts cover the cost of educating disadvantaged students.

Read the article, “Congress OKs Budget with Increase for Education” and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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