Capitol Hill: New & Old Education Groups Fight For Funding
Yesterday's Labor-HHS appropriations markup was a bit of a bloodbath for Obama education initiatives, as you may have heard -- Innovation and Improvement cut by $864.5 million, according to CEF (PDF here) -- but there are lots of additional steps in the appropriations process and there were some silver linings. First and foremost (to me, at least) is that CEF tells me at least some of the newer national education reform groups -- Teach For America and DFER among them -- signed (or offered to sign) the FY2013 letter in support of education funding. Coalition building is messy stuff -- lots of strange bedfellows -- but going it alone (or not weighing in at all) aren't any better alternatives. See also the Coalition website here. I'll add other names as soon as I hear back about everyone who signed.