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  • What Congress had to Say About Exchanges During Hearings

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    On June 13 and 14, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared before House and Senate hearings to discuss the proposed budget for the State Department in the fiscal year 2018. Senators Boozman (R-AR), Coons (D-DE), and Representative Dent (R-PA) all discussed the importance of exchange programs.
  • New National K-12 Report Shows Renewed Interest in Language

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    A new report conducted by the American Councils and others provides systematic data on foreign language enrollment in grades K-12 in the American school system. Included in their findings is that interest in languages is rising, but enrollment is still low.
  • Administration’s FY2018 Budget Proposal Cuts Exchanges

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    The Trump administration’s proposed FY2018 budget, released on May 23, includes a 55% cut to Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs. The Congressional Budget Justification for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs provides specific details on exchanges.
  • ACE Report on US-Mexico Hgher Education Cooperation

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    The American Council on Education (ACE) released a new report, U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Engagement: Current Activities, Future Directions, assessing higher education ties between the two countries amidst a tense political relationship.

The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:27

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 6/21/2017

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email us and provide the item number located above the announcement.  Requests are processed on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions

Savannah Stephens
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:31

In a recent Politico article, retired Admiral Mike Mullen and retired General James Jones make a case for global engagement and international aid, urging Congress not to accept the Trump administration’s proposed FY2018 budget, specifically the 32% cut to the Department of State and USAID accounts. They warn:

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:57

During this week’s House State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on the administration’s FY2018 budget request for the Department of State, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent (R) voiced his strong support for educational and cultural exchange programs and expressed concern about the 55% cut to exchange program funding proposed by the Trump administration for FY2018.

Au pair weave blankets for families in need

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International au pairs weave themselves into their new community

It was a chilly day in the city of Preston, Washington, when a group of international au pairs came together to warm the hearts of their new community. They arrived to their local Area Director Ashley’s home for brunch to fuel a morning of volunteering their time for the Eastside Baby Corner. The group of 17 au pairs hailing from Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Poland, France, Thailand, Colombia, Brazil, Belgium and South Africa got to know each other during their brunch, as many had newly arrived to the Seattle area.

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