Policy Issues


Gates Foundation Ups Stake in Common Core Standards

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is upping its financial support for Common Core State Standards. The foundation awarded $3 million to ASCD to support that group's efforts to help education leaders and educators themselves understand the standards and implement them.

Brief: St. Lucie County School District Partners with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Florida's St. Lucie County School District and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have agreed to a five-year partnership aimed at raising student achievement and providing community access to materials and software.

Groups Decry Technology Cuts in Federal Education Budget

Killing the only federal program that specifically provides funding for education technology will undermine reform and innovation efforts in America's schools. That's according to four major education advocacy groups that issued a joint statement Tuesday denouncing proposed cuts to the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program.

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Schools continue to deliver new graduates into the workplace lacking the tech-based "soft skills" that businesses demand. Experts blame K-12's persistent failure to integrate technology.

Digital Learning and School Reform Now!

A new bipartisan initiative seeks to leverage technology to challenge some long-held assumptions about education in the United States.

The Big Green

Chicago Public Schools has developed and begun implementing a comprehensive strategy for going green, one that encompasses information technology, facilities, and education to reduce the district's environmental impact, cut operating costs, and help build students' awareness of the environment.

What's Causing Large Urban Districts To Struggle with Science?

Students in large urban school districts are lagging behind the nation in their grasp of natural sciences, according to a special report on science education in 17 of America's urban districts. Experts involved in the report placed part of the blame on the lack of any clear or meaningful national science strategy, though several other factors, they acknowledged, contributed to the disparity.

National Broadband Map Suggests U.S. Schools Need More and Better Investment in Technology Infrastructure

"Ensuring high-speed broadband access for all students is a critical national issue and foundational to realizing our education reform and improvement goals." This was the admonition from Douglas Levin, executive director of SETDA, in response to the February release of the National Broadband Map.

States Fail at Effective Use of Student Data, DQC Report Asserts

While states have made exceptional progress in collecting quality longitudinal data on individual students and their educational progress over time, according to a new report, many continue to lag when it comes to applying this data to making policy decisions that positively impact student achievement.

Ed Tech Consolidated in 2012 Federal Budget Proposal

The Obama administration formally released its 2012 federal budget proposal Monday, dissolving a number of education programs into broader funding pools--including state grants for education technology previously provided for under Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT).

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