New OECD Report Shows International Trends in Education

In conjunction with a June 25, 2013 press release, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) unveiled the 2013 edition of its Education at a Glance. The report assessed the status of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education across 34 OECD member countries, including the U.S., with a focus on the impact of the global economic recession between 2008 and 2011. Among other education trends, the report reviewed education spending during that period. According to the report, although the U.S. spent more per student than most other countries, U.S spending declined by 1 percent while other countries increased spending by an average of 5 percent. [More]

Update on Medicaid Expansion Battles Across the US

Since the Supreme Court ruled that Medicaid expansion was optional, 23 states plus the District of Columbia have decided to go forward with the expansion and 21 have decided to pass, with six still debating the issue, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.

With respect to the six states still debating the issue, the Ohio legislature appears ready to sign off on a two-year budget that does not include plans for Medicaid expansion. In Pennsylvania, the Senate is expected to vote next week on the expansion issue, but state media reports indicate a lack of support for expansion in the House.

Lenox Public Schools District Awards Strategic Planning Project to PCG Education

Lenox Public Schools (LPS), Massachusetts has selected PCG Education to facilitate the process of developing a three-to-five-year strategic plan for the district, working closely with the community and the district’s strategic planning subcommittee. PCG Education will develop a final report for 2014 that provides a detailed roadmap for the district to implement over the coming years. [More]

Manchester School District Awards CCSS Literacy Project to PCG Education

The Manchester School District, New Hampshire’s largest school district, recently awarded a new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) literacy project to PCG Education. The goal of the project is to align the district’s K-8 English language arts and mathematics curriculum to the CCSS. This summer, PCG Education will provide teachers from 14 elementary schools and four middle schools with professional development focused on the instructional shifts of the Common Core Standards, the development of curriculum guidance documents, and the action planning for implementation. [More]

CA DSH Awards Senior Project Management Services Contract to PCG Technology Consulting

The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) recently awarded a two-year contract to PCG Technology Consulting (PCG TC) to manage high criticality projects while mentoring assistant project managers in the department’s newly formed Project Management Office. PCG TC was selected to manage 1) the activation activities associated with opening a new DSH forensic hospital, 2) data management projects, and 3) other high visibility projects, as assigned. [More]

State of Maryland Awards IT Master Services Agreement to PCG Technology Consulting

The State of Maryland Department of Information Technology recently awarded PCG Technology Consulting a contract for Consulting and Technical Services + (CATS+). This Master Contract allows Maryland’s agencies the flexibility to obtain IT resources quickly and efficiently by issuing Task Order Requests for Proposals (TORFP) or Requests for Resumes (RFR) specific to their needs. [More]

The House Education and Workforce Committee Introduces Its ESEA Reauthorization Bill

In a June 6, 2013 press release, Republican members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee introduced their proposal for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). According to the bill summary, the Student Success Act proposes to reduce the federal role in local education, empower parents, and support more effective teachers. Among other things, the bill would merge several student subgroups into Title I and provide states and districts with the flexibility to use funds across programs to better support the students’ needs. [More]

Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Experts Speak in Support of Regional Partnership Grants

On June 6, 2013, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chair and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance, as well as Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), along with Rep. Karen Bass [CA-37th]), Chair, Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, and Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13th), Co-Chair, Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus convened a Capitol Hill briefing on the topic, Substance Use Disorders in Child Welfare: What Works for Children and Families. [More]

Bipartisan Bills Would Strengthen Reporting and Help Protect Vulnerable Children

On June 3, 2013, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) introduced “Foster Children Opportunity Act” (H.R. 2036) that would amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to require that child welfare agencies include in Title IV-E state plan submissions for foster care and adoption assistance procedures to assist children who are immigrants to obtain special immigrant juvenile status. This legislation would also allow children in the child welfare system to receive lawful permanent resident status before exiting foster care. [More]