NCAI and NIEA Analysis of the President’s FY 2015 Budget Request

Here, and NCAI’s budget request for FY ’15 can be seen here. An excerpt from the analysis:

Education increases include:

  • $500,000 for Johnson O’Malley education assistance grants to support a new student count in 2015 and provides funding for the projected increase in the number of students eligible for grants. 
  • $1 million to support the ongoing evaluation of the BIE school system. 
  • $2.3 million to fund site development at the Beatrice Rafferty School for which design funding was provided in the FY 2014 budget. 
  • $1.7 million for fellowship and training opportunities for post-graduate study in science fields and $250,000 for summer pre-law preparatory program scholarships


NIEA’s analysis can be seen here.

Ed Week: Obama Budget Pitches Race to Top for Equity, New Money for Ed Tech

From Ed Week, here. An excerpt:

Education would be a bright spot in a relatively austere budget year, if the Obama administration gets its way.

The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget, released Tuesday—which would largely hit school districts in the 2015-16 school year—includes level funding for key formula programs, such as Title I grants to districts but makes room for several new competitive initiatives, including a new iteration of the Race to the Top program focused on helping schools close the achievement gap.

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Overall, the White House is asking for $68.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, or abouta $1.3 billion increase over fiscal year 2014, according to sources. Most of the K-12 money wouldn’t hit school districts until the 2015-16 school year.

The budget plan also makes a second sales pitch for some proposals that Congress hasn’t funded yet. The administration is again seeking $75 billion over 10 years for an initiative to entice states to expand prekindergarten programs to more 4-year-olds.

ICT: New Questions for an Old Problem in Indian Education

Here.  An excerpt:

In education, blame follows close on the heels of trouble. When people find out we are Indian educators, we are routinely asked to list how public schools are failing our students. We encourage the curious to look up the1928 Meriam Report, the1969 Kennedy Report, Alonzo Spang’s “Eight Problems In Indian Education,” and their individual district’s report card on Native American student achievement and graduation rates. Lay them out on the dinner table and soak in the realization that we have the same hundred year old problems. Our challenges are old—instead let’s start asking why they persist.

For better or worse, the United States government is consistent in its dealings with Indian Country. While the European-style education continues, some important accommodations have been made by the federal government, like Title VII and the Johnson-O’Malley Act. What has changed dramatically over the last 100 years, however, is tribal governance and economic development. Isn’t it time we ask, “How responsible are we?” Why, given all of our advancements, do we still have the largest achievement gap of any minority? Why haven’t we as a people done better by our children?