Policy Issues

Student Data Not a 'Product' To Be 'Sold to the Highest Bidder'

A United States senator is questioning FERPA guidelines that he said could put student privacy at risk. Today Sen. Edward Markey said he'll introduce legislation in the coming weeks to protect students' sensitive information from commercial exploitation and from potential mishandling.

SIIA: U.S. PreK-12 Is a $7.9 Billion Software Market

In the United States, preK-12 is nearly an $8 billion-a-year software market, according to new data published by the Software & Information Industry Association. And that figure is on the rise despite obvious funding hurdles faced by schools over the last several years.

25 Districts Take $120 Million in Race to the Top-District Grants

Five districts and consortia representing 25 individual school districts are receiving a combined total of $120 million in federal funds through the Race to the Top-District program.

Georgia Task Force Issues Recommendations for Achieving Digital Learning

The state of Georgia needs to increase broadband capacity to schools and wireless connectivity and device availability in schools and the broader community if it expects to improve educational achievement through digital learning. Those are the first three recommendations of 12 that appear in a new report issued by an education task force that has been working since November 2012 to examine the status of digital learning in that state.

Bipartisan Group Calls on FCC To Modernize E-Rate or Improved Internet Access for Schools

A bipartisan group of two-dozen representatives led by Jared Polis today urged the Federal Communications Commission in a letter to modernize the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, more commonly known as E-rate.

25 Programs To Receive $134 Million in Federal Funds

The United States Department of Education recently published its list of the 25 programs that will receive funding in the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. Those programs will receive a combined total of $134 million before the end of the year.

New York iZone Academy Taps Microsoft and Other Corporate Sponsors for Blended Learning Environment

When the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) opens its next iZone school in fall 2014, Microsoft will be deeply embedded in its operations — along with other corporate sponsors that may even go as far as hosting classes for this new school without walls.

Is School District Consolidation Worth the Cost?

Over the course of the last century the number of public school districts in the Untied States dropped from 117,108 in 1939 to just 13,629 in 2009, a decrease of nearly 90 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Proponents of district consolidation most often cite cost savings associated with economies of scale as the driving factor. But does consolidating districts save money? And what happens to any savings when you add educational technology into the mix?

American PISA Scores Drop

This global assessment measures how well 15-year-olds do when solving real-world problems in math, reading, and science. Says Ed Secretary Duncan: The results must serve as a "wake-up call."

Campaign Aims To Bolster Teacher Recruitment

A new public awareness campaign conceived by the TEACH coalition and the Ad Council has been launched to encourage top students to consider a career in education.