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Policy Issues


Report: Math and Reading Proficiency Improve in SIG Schools

Student achievement in math and reading has improved at schools that received School Improvement Grants, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

Report: Sequestration Pain Varies Among Education Agencies

The School Superintendents Association has released a new report, Unequal Pain: Federal Public Education Revenues, Federal Education Cuts and the Impact on Public Schools, that examines revenues for every district in the United States and urges Congress to end sequestration and end debate over federal funding of education.

80 Districts Finalists in $120 Million RTTT-D Grant Program

The United States Department of Education has revealed the finalists for its 2013 Race to the Top–District competitive grant program. The finalists, who will compete for $120 million in federal grants, include 80 districts spread over 21 states.

Report: More States Are Using Data Systems To Help Improve Student Achievement

An increasing number of states are collecting and analyzing student data effectively for the purpose of improving student achievement, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign released today.

Report: Technology and Educators Need to Start Working Together Better

Schools can no longer keep technology specialists and educators separated. In fact, teachers can be the "best advocates" for moving technology initiatives forward in a district — once they understand how and why it will support teaching and learning, according to a new report.

ISTE: E-Rate Funds Should Be Increased to $5 Billion

The International Society for Technology in Education has released comments it has submitted to the Federal Communications Commission ahead of the agency's update of the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, or E-rate.

Bills Propose State, Federal Partnership To Expand Preschool for Low-Income Families

Legislators in the United States Senate and House of Representatives have introduced bills designed to expand preschool access to low-income families.

CoSN Survey: Schools Need More Broadband; E-Rate Needs More Funding

Almost every single district in the country expects to need additional Internet bandwidth and connectivity over the next 36 months as the Common Core and high-stakes assessments come online and more schools introduce BYOD and digital curriculum, according to a new report from the Consortium for School Networking

States Vie for $280 Million in Early Learning Grants

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia are competing for $280 million in federal in federal funding through the latest round of the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge.

Federal Grant Supports Technical Assistance for Educators of Deaf-Blind Students

A growing number of students with the deaf-blindness dual impairment are making their way out of specialized schools and into local neighborhood schools. Providing technical assistance to the educators who teach those students is part of the goal of a new $10.5 million grant awarded recently by the United States Department of Education.