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Policy Issues


End High School Exit Exams in Light of Common Core, Researchers Argue

High school exit exams may increase dropouts among vulnerable students, hinder college success and even negatively impact earnings for those who join the workforce immediately after high school. That's the bad news. The worse news, according to a new report, is that the exit exam situation is becoming legally, politically and academically more complex and burdensome for schools and students as Common Core assessments are transitioned in.

FCC Vote Approves $1 Billion for Broadband, Defers Discussion of Raising Funding Cap

In response to pushback from educators and private organizations, the FCC added a "safety valve" feature to its reforms, guaranteeing that poor and rural schools relying on external broadband do not lose out.

SETDA Names Board for 2014-2015

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has selected its board of directors and officers for the 2014-2015 year.

ISTE Petition Pressures FCC to Increase Broadband Funding in Upcoming Vote

A petition filed by ISTE and signed by more than 1,500 educators emphasizes the importance of broadband and digital learning in the classroom and points to shortcomings in FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s latest E-Rate proposal.

National Association of Secondary School Principals Names New President

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has selected a new president, Eudora High School Principal G.A. Buie.

ED Launches Excellent Educators for All Initiative

The United States Department of Education has launched the Excellent Educators for All Initiative, which aims to foster the recruitment and retention of high quality teachers in high-poverty, high-minority school districts.

E-rate Survey: Funding Increase Deemed Critical

An E-rate funding increase is critical to the success of many school districts, according to a new survey.

Researchers To Study How School Leaders Use Data To Inform Decisions

The United States Department of Education has awarded $5 million to three universities to find out how (or whether) school and district leaders use research to inform their decisionmaking.

Scenario Learning Releases 'Active Shooter for Administrators' Safety Course

Written by school safety experts Michael and Chris Dorn, the online course outlines evidence-based methods that school and district administrators can use to improve the odds of survival during an active shooter event.

Education Can't Be 'Hacked'

Quick fixes and top-down disruptions are tempting, but true change is a long, messy, contentious process.

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