Author Archives: Rita Ferrandino

“Raising the Bar: Reviewing STEM Education in America”

On April 10, I attended a Hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), where they reviewed the need to evaluate the federal government’s STEM investment to ensure it is helping students complete for jobs in these high-demand STEM fields. By 2018 the United States will […]

March Government Relations Update

The Impact of Sequestration Over the past few months, school funding has slowed down in fear of sequestration. School districts have realized that while they may not have discretionary funds federally, they do have discretionary timing with their Title I funding. At the SIIA member breakfast, Charles Blaschke, of Education Turnkey Systems, noted that there […]

January 2013 Government Relations Updates

Bennett Appointed as Florida Education Commissioner  After losing his re-election bid as Indiana superintendent of public instruction, Tony Bennett won appointment as Florida’s education commissioner.  Arc worked with Tony Bennett’s administration in Indiana and we will be watching closely as he looks to bring reform to Florida.  If you need government relations lobbying guidance in […]

One of 29 Votes

In Tallahassee this week I had the great honor of casting one of Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes to re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States. It was a simple procedure – almost mundane – as we signed our names to the ballots. But my thoughts were not mundane, and they echoed what […]

December 2012 Government Relations Update

Arc and Education Policy Arc’s expertise in education is widely recognized with policy makers as well as business leaders. Arc’s strong relationships allow for successful advocacy at the federal and state levels.  If you want to optimize your government relations strategy for selling education products at the national level or into the Florida market, contact […]

September Government Relations Update

Education Highlights from Democratic and GOP Platforms With the nominating conventions behind us, both the Republican and Democratic parties laid out further their stances on education in their respective party platforms: Democratic Party – The 2012 Democratic platform emphasized the importance of education throughout the document, echoed by President Obama’s acceptance speech. Education was cited […]

August Government Relations Update

Federal FY13 Budget With Congress on its August recess, the FY13 budget and potential cuts to education programs will not be hammered out until next month at the earliest, though it is entirely possible that a continuing resolution (or a series of them) will keep the government funded through 2013, as both parties hope to […]

July Government Relations Update

Mayors Endorse “Parent-Trigger” Efforts Nationwide At their annual conference last month, the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorsed so-called “parent-trigger” laws that enable parents to take over failing schools to implement personnel and program changes. Though the laws are opposed by teachers’ unions, support for the laws among the nation’s mayors crosses party lines, including Chicago […]

June Government Relations Update

FY13 Education Budget and STEM Funding On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its version of the FY13 education budget. (As of this writing, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies had yet to finish its version of the bill). Under the Senate version, the Department of Education would receive […]

The “Rising Billion” and Your Business Model

What would your company look like if your content or app could reach 1 billion more people than you are reaching today? And what if that group was a self-driven, DIY-inclined audience who are not only consumers of your product, but potential improvers and collaborators? A new book, “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You […]