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The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a full committee hearing on January 27 to examine teacher and principal evaluation, assessment and retention issues.  The committee is currently considering input for a draft bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently referred to as ‘No Child Left Behind” (NCLB)  This hearing follows more than 20 others over the last 5 years during which the Senate HELP Committee has analyzed various issues in K-12 education. 

30 Jan 2015

A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to review the DOE Office of Science program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR).  Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), the new chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, made clear in his opening remarks the high value he places on the program, stating:

30 Jan 2015

The Senate voted last week on an amendment stating “it is the sense of Congress that— (1) climate change is real; and (2) human activity significantly contributes to climate change.”  Fifty senators voted in favor the amendment, including five Republican senators.  Forty-nine senators voted against the measure. 

28 Jan 2015