Monday, December 31, 2012
Special Wile E. Coyote Fiscal Cliff Event Horizon Edition
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“Something has gone terribly wrong,” said Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of
, “when the biggest threat to
our American economy is the American Congress.” West Virginia
New York Times By JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published:
From the first fight over a short-term spending agreement to keep the government open in early 2011 to the later tangle over the debt ceiling to the failure of last year’s special budget committee and the resulting automatic spending cuts that now loom along with tax increases, the so-called fiscal cliff was built, slab by partisan slab, to where it now threatens the nation’s finances.
Like Wile E.
December 31, 2012,
AROUND dinnertime Sunday night, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl reported on Twitter that he'd asked a source who is a Senate aide for an update on the last-minute talks to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" of across-the-board tax hikes and deep spending cuts. What got emailed back was an iconic picture.
It showed Wile E. Coyote - the Roadrunner's not-so-wily cartoon nemesis - skidding off a steep cliff.
Indeed, the last day of 2012 may long be remembered as America's Wile E. Coyote moment - the day the nation's political system sprinted far out over the abyss of a dry desert canyon, pausing long enough to hold up a tiny sign reading "Help!" before taking a steep plunge into the unknown.
FISCAL CLIFF News, Analysis and Opinion from POLITICO
Wall Street Journal
Fiscal Cliff Countdown
December 31, 2012
School districts and states are bracing for the possibility of the biggest reduction in federal education aid in recent history, as Congress struggles to reach an agreement to head off across-the-board cuts and tax increases that make up the so-called fiscal cliff.
With much of the focus on the tax policies at issue in the fiscal-cliff negotiations, it's unclear whether any final deal—reportedly being hammered out in the waning hours of 2012 by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader, and Vice President Joe Biden—will include a stop to the automatic cuts set to hit just about every federal agency, including the U.S. Department of Education, on Jan. 2.
The cuts—whether and how to head them off—remained a sticking point in negotiations on Monday. And if Congress and the Obama administration are unable to reach agreement on the cuts by Jan. 2, they will go through as planned, at least temporarily.
today’s other education policy news…..
has been hit
hard by state education financing that has been among the lowest per student of
any major city" Philadelphia
New York Times By JON HURDLE Published:
School District has proposed an
unprecedented downsizing that would close 37 campuses by June — roughly one out
of six public schools, including . If the sweeping plan is approved, the district
says it will improve academic standards by diverting money used for maintaining
crumbling buildings to hire teachers and improve classroom equipment. The 237-school district faces a cumulative
budget deficit of $1.1 billion over the next five years, after $419 million in
state cuts to educational financing this year. The district’s problems are
compounded by the end of federal stimulus money and rising pension costs. University
District's proposal gives weight to data focusing on teachers
By Eleanor Chute /
Post-Gazette Pittsburgh December 31, 2012
Pittsburgh Public Schools is poised to become the first district to seek state approval for its teacher evaluation plan under a new state law. City school board members are expected to review the plan at a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and then vote on it Jan. 23.