Education Insider: Federal Policy Issues - Senate ESEA Bill, Fallout from Joint Super Committee, Election 2012

This month's Education Insider explores several national policy issues ranging from the Senate ESEA bill to the failure of the Joint Super Committee reaching required budget cuts.

Several key findings include:

  • Among policy insiders in Washington there is continued frustration with the Congress and The White House although recent action on the Hill has bumped approval while approval for the Administration slipped slightly.
  • Although action on Capitol Hill led to a small increase in the percentage of Insiders believing Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization is possible in 2012 most see 2013 as a more likely timetable.
  • A small majority of Insiders think Congress will reach a deal to avert the automatic spending cuts triggered by the failure of the ‰"Super Committee‰" to reach a deficit deal.
  • Insiders see Pell Grants as the most likely target of spending cuts and see Supplemental Education Services (government paid tutoring for students in low‰-performing schools) as the private sector activity most at‰-risk under the Senate passed Elementary and Secondary Education Act bill.
  • Insiders see targeted support for low‰-income and minority students as likely to decrease under the Administration‰'s ESEA Blueprint, the Administration‰'s waiver plan, and the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill.
  • Insiders see some erosion in support for the Common Core, especially among state legislators (59%).

Joining us for the webinar was

Katherine C. Haley, Assistant to the Speaker for Policy, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R‰-OH)

Katherine currently serves as the Assistant to the Speaker for Policy for education, workforce and social issues. She is responsible for developing policy and coordinating strategies for Republican Members of Congress and their staff on behalf of the Speaker.

She previously worked in the offices of U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra, U.S. Senators Don Nickles and Kay Bailey Hutchison, as well as for the Senate Select Committee on Aging and the Subcommittee on Health within the House Committee on Ways and Means. Katherine conducted clinical cancer research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University and was awarded a research fellowship at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School to further examine faith and medicine. She attended Duke University, where she earned a bachelor‰'s degree in Science in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Development. Katherine holds a master‰'s degree in Government from The Johns Hopkins University.