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Mom Congress Education News Roundup

Don't forget -- the deadline to apply for one of 51 spots at our first Mom Congress conference is Monday, 3/15!

Want President Obama to speak at your school? (TODAY, 3/2/10)

The White House and the Department of Education have announced the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge and are inviting public schools across the country to compete to have President Obama speak at their graduation.

No-Child Law Is a Highlight of Hearing on Education (New York Times, 3/3/10)

The first question Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced from lawmakers on Wednesday in an appearance before Congress was whether the Obama administration would try this year to rewrite, or reauthorize, the main law on federal policy on public schools, No Child Left Behind.

Ed. Sec. Duncan pitches tech as key component of school reform (The Hill, 3/4/10)

Education Secretary Arne Duncan pitched a slew of new, technology-based education reforms on Thursday, stressing schools needed to enter the 21st century to keep students engaged. He said the proposal would emphasize five goals: creating a better learning experience, better measuring student achievement, improving teaching resources, connecting students to broadband Internet and boosting productivity.

For healthier kids, increase the federal school lunch budget (Washington Post, 3/5/10)

The National School Lunch Program feeds nearly 31 million students every day for the bargain price of $9.3 billion per year. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture spends only $2.68 per lunch for eligible students. Do you remember when you last ate a fresh, healthy lunch for less than $3?

15 states, DC named 'Race to the Top' finalists (AP, 3/4/10)

Selected from a pool of 41 applicants are: Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee. The winners will be chosen in April, and a second round of applications accepted in June.