Policy Issues

Connecting the Educational Dots

With the first-ever Connected Educator Month, the DOE aims to bring teachers, districts, and educational organizations together online.

State of Vermont Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Vermont has become the 17th state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' Leadership State Initiative.

Lewis Takes Helm at International Society for Technology in Education

In advance of the ISTE 2012 conference taking place this week in San Diego, the International Society for Technology in Education named Brian Lewis as its next chief executive officer. Lewis's term will commence when current, long-time CEO Don Knezek steps down in September.

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.