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Policy Issues


100 Mbps the New Minimum for 'Critical' Broadband Services in Schools

A new report is calling on the federal government "to increase funding options" for high-speed broadband, statewide networks, schools' broadband capacity, access to broadband in community centers, and aid to help low-income families have broadband access at home.

The New CIPA Deadline

July 1 is approaching; that's the day when your E-rate-funded school better have a plan in place for teaching students about online safety and cyberbullying.

Who Will Vet the Textbooks of the Future?

As more digital content becomes available to teachers and students, and as state boards of education relinquish the tight control they have had on textbook selection, who will determine which educational materials are the right ones to use? Most likely, you.

Virtual Schools Come Under Scrutiny

The latest volley across the bow of virtual schools has been fired with the release of a new report by The Center for Public Education, a research arm of the National School Boards Association.

SIIA 2012 Ed Tech Survey Deadline Nears

The Software & Information Industry Association is calling on educators to participate in its 2012 Vision K-20 Survey, part of the SIIA's Vision K-20 initiative that focuses on developing a technology-based educational framework for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

ISTE Board Adds New Reps

The International Society for Technology in Education has elected a new board of directors for the coming year, which includes four incumbents and three new members.

Districts Struggle with Social Networking Guidelines

A couple questionable events have sent lawmakers and educators scurrying to sort out what should be allowed for communications that take place between school personnel and students through social networking sites.

SBAC, PARCC Issue Guidance on Minimum Hardware Specs for Education

The two major consortia that are developing assessments around Common Core State Standards today issued guidelines for new technology purchases in K-12. The specifications are intended to ensure that schools are equipped to deliver the next generation of assessments coming in the 2014-2015 school year.

'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools

Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning. That's the premise of a new policy report released jointly this week by more than a dozen prominent education associations and advocacy groups.

'Math Map' Connects 21st Century Skills with Math Instruction

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has released the Math Skills Map, latest in its series of 21st century skills maps for core academic subjects.

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