Dep’t of Education Contingency Plan

The Department of Education, along with other agencies, has developed a contingency plan in the event of a government shutdown.  The plan can be seen here.  The other agency contingency plans, including BIA and BIE, can be seen here.

A quote from the Department of Education’s plan:

As set forth in this plan, the Department would furlough over 90 percent of its total staff level for the first week of such a lapse. During this first week, we would maintain only those excepted functions related to the discharge of the duties of Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed individuals;those employees charged with the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other authorized payments and obligations.

A prior post on this issue can be seen here.  Another ED Week article on the issue can be seen here.

ED Week Webinar: Best Practices for Implementing Online Learning in K–12 School Districts

Education Week is hosting a webinar on October 1st entitled Best Practices for Implementing Online Learning in K–12 School Districts.

As an increasing number of schools and school districts adopt online learning as a way to boost graduation rates, address multiple student populations, expand their course catalogs, and personalize learning, understanding the challenges and obstacles that educators face as they introduce new programs is key.

Throwback Thursday

The Indian Nations at Risk: An Educational Strategy for Action report was from the Department of Education in 1991.  An excerpt:

American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Communities are nations at risk.

  • Our schools have failed to nurture the intellectual development and academic performance of many Native children, as is evident from their high dropoutrates and negative attitudes toward school.

  • Our schools have discouraged the use of Native languages in the classroom, thereby contributing to a weakening of the Natives’ resolve to retain and continue the development of their original languages and cultures.

  • Indian lands and resources are constantly besieged by outside forces interested in further reducing their original holdings.

  • Political relationships between the tribes and the federal government fluctuate with the will of the U.S. congress and decisions by the courts.