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January 2024 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown: On January 18th, Congress passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government operating until early March. The bill, signed by President Biden, pushes the deadline […]

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Embracing Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2024: A Call to Transformative Leadership

By Eddie Koen, President of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) As we come together on Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., venerated as the focal point of the civil rights movement, it is a time not only to reflect on the profound legacy of Dr. King but also to envision a future where

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December 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month I: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $74 Million to Expand Full-Service Community Schools: The U.S. Department of Education announced grants to support 30 additional local educational agencies, nonprofits, and other public or private organizations and institutions

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IEL and Coalition for Community Schools Statement on The Biden-Harris Administration’s $74 Million Expansion of Full-Service Community Schools

November 30, 2023For Immediate Release Media Contact:Mia Perry PerryM@iel.org The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)made the following statement following The U.S. Department of Education announcement of $74 million in Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) grants this week: Eddie Koen, President of IEL, expressed, “We applaud the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to expanding Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) across the

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November 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month I: Mike Johnson elected Speaker of the House: On October 25th, Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA-4) was elected the 56th Speaker of the House. His election came after three weeks of House Republicans attempting to

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October 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda  Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month  I: Federal Appropriations process extended through a Continuing Resolution: On September 30, President Biden signed a 71-page bill, initiating a continuing resolution to keep the government open until November 17th.   II: Speaker of the

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September 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month I: Secretary Cardona’s Back to School Tour: On September 5th, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona started his 2023 Back to School Bus Tour, visiting schools in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The goal of

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August 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update 

Policy by the People Agenda  Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month  I: What Borrowers Should Know as Student Loan Payments Restart: The student loan pause that began in March 2020 is set to end in August. Student loan forgiveness repayments are expected to resume after

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IEL Builds on Over 3 Decades of Advocacy to Support People and Youth with Disabilities

Pictured above: Youth and adults from IEL’s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) pose in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during the 2023 RAMP Annual Meeting. 33 years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This legislation enabled people that were, and still are, categorically discriminated against,

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Statement from the Institute for Educational Leadership on Supreme Court’s Decision to Strike Down Affirmative Action in College Admissions

June 29, 2023 The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is deeply concerned about the recent decision by the Supreme Court to strike down affirmative action in college admissions. This ruling undermines decades of progress in promoting equal educational opportunities and will undoubtedly exacerbate the existing disparities faced by Black learners and other historically disenfranchised minority

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Reaching New Heights with the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program

May 3rd & 4th, 2023 | Site Visit – San Francisco Beacon Initiative (SFBI) IEL staff went on their first site visit in partnership with SFBI. RAMP is implemented by George Washington High School. On this site-visit the team learned how the program is integrated within the school system including school staff as mentors (outside

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States Look to Expand Full-Service Community Schools in 2023 

Since the start of the new legislative session in January, 17 states and the District of Columbia have introduced a total of 45 bills in support of Full-Service Community Schools. These bills, including a number with bipartisan support, will expand access to funding through the establishment of grants or appropriate funds to implement Full-Service Community

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IEL Celebrates Critical Investments in Children, Families in the President’s FY24 Budget Proposal 

President Biden released his fiscal year 2024 budget request last week, outlining the Administration’s plan for overcoming the inequities brought to light by the pandemic and exacerbated by historic inflation and economic uncertainty. IEL celebrates this proposed budget for fiscal year 2024 as it makes critical investments in programmatic support for children, families, and communities. 

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IEL Applauds Reintroduction of DIPLOMA Act to Support Community Schools

We are grateful to Representative Judy Chu and Senator Cory Booker for introducing the latest iteration of the DIPLOMA act yesterday. IEL’s Policy team was an integral part of updating the bill, and worked with Hill staff to get it reintroduced. Read the full press release from Congresswoman Chu’s office below: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December

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