This time of year is usually quiet in Washington as members of the House and Senate leave Capitol Hill to return to their home states and districts. August is a month for light Congressional schedules for members of the House and a monthlong recess that will involve district work, traveling for their jobs, and campaigning.
Washington, DC, hosted NCTM’s Annual Meeting & Exposition in April. Thousands of math educators, researchers and faculty descended on the nation’s capital to hear from colleagues, experts and researchers on the state of the teaching and learning of mathematics. Given the location of this year’s meeting, there was a new emphasis on advocacy throughout the event.
A few weeks ago, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team released a list of priorities that will govern the agency’s competitive grant programs. The notice published in the Federal Register outlines 11 priorities. Once the Department of Education (ED) receives comments from the community (which can be submitted up until November 13), the agency will issue final priorities. Then, according to the agency, the Secretary “may choose to use one or more” of the priorities in new competitive grant award cycles. ED says, “These priorities align with the vision set forth by the Secretary in support of high-quality educational opportunities for students of all ages.”