Global Education Resources for Educators
June 21st-22 TESOL Academy 2013 *early registration due May 24th!*: http://www.tesol.org/events-landing-page/2012/11/27/tesol-academy-2013-bethel-university
June 23 - GEC Summit at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (San Antonio, TX): Come pitch your global project or initiative during this three hour meeting. Or, come with a project idea and develop it with teachers you meet at this event. The ISTE opening keynote address and global showcase will follow this summit.
June 27-29 6th Annual Partnership for Global Learning Conference (New York City): This Asia Society conference takes place over the course of several days in New York City. Linda Darling-Hammond is the keynote speaker.
July 9th-17th AFT Educator Academy: http://www.educationminnesota.org/professional-development/erd/edacademy.aspx
July 29th-August 4th Preparing Global Leaders Summit--Moscow, Russia (for university students and young professionals under 35): http://preparinggloballeaders.com/index.php?id=about-us
August 31st Financial Education Grant through United Educators Foundation: http://www.uecu.coop/goto/sc13/
How the sequester will affect international development or international policy?
By Anna Yip, World Savvy International Program Intern
The United States of America has been out of debt for one year in all of its history. In fact, money was borrowed to help fund the Revolutionary War, placing the U.S. in debt before it even became an official country. However, it is not fair to compare the debt that the nation currently owns to the initial one it held in the eighteenth century. Why? Simple: the IOU pile that we are sitting on today has increased by nearly eight-fold. Although the money we owed in 1789 would be worth more in today’s economy, roughly $900 billion, it would still quiver in the shadow of our now $16.5 trillion national debt. So, while the debt may not be anything new, its magnitude is unsettling, to say the absolute least
An attempt made by the Congress to lower our national debt was recently put into action. On March 1st, 2012, the U.S. began sequestration. Sequestration is a series of automatic cuts established to federal spending that is enforced by the Budget Control Act. It was established in 1985 in efforts to help the Congress abide by their own restrictions on deficit ceilings and spending caps. In 2011, President Obama signed in another debt ceiling raise, leaving many Republicans feeling uneasy. Their argument was that cuts needed to be implemented along with this debt ceiling raise, however bipartisan agreement was not reached on any idea on how to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit, as demanded by the Budget Control Act. As a result, the sequestration has been put into effect. This recently-enacted sequester calls for nearly $43 billion in cuts towards defense programs, almost $29 billion in cuts towards domestic discretionary programs, just under $10 billion in cuts for Medicare, and close to $4 billion in other cuts in just this year alone. By percentage, this would affect non-defense discretionary funding by about 5%, affecting the International Affairs account which funds USAID, CDC and other key US agencies. Cuts will continue to occur until 2021, adding up to $1.2 trillion in budget cuts total.
So, how exactly will this sequester affect international development or international policy? According to the Report on Sequestration by House Appropriations Committee Democrats, risks could include reduction in HIV/AIDS treatment for 171,900 people, lost funding for food, education, and livelihood assistance for 238,500 children, and 1.2 million fewer insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria deaths. Sadly, these risks are just a few of the many. What can we do in the U.S. to try to stop sequestration from affecting our international development or policies? If nothing is done, who will take the hardest hit? Our own nation’s debt is now threatening other people outside of our boarders. What can you do to help it?
REPORT ON SEQUESTRATION: By House Appropriations Committee Democrats
ABC News: Article and video of President Obama on the sequester
Huffington Post: Article, slideshow, and video explaining sequester and possible solutions
Slate: Article explaining what the sequester means for American individuals