Policy Issues

SIIA Opens 2011 Vision K-20 Survey

The Software & Information Industry Association has opened its 2011 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.

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Education Department To Launch Green Ribbon Schools Program

The United States Department of Education has launched a new program to recognize schools for their sustainability efforts.

Healey Takes Helm at ASCD

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) has named Paul Healey as its new president. He took office late last month.

Groups Call for Reinstatement of Federal Ed Tech Program

Education advocacy groups are once again leading the charge to reinstate the federal ed tech program known as Enhancing Education Through Technology, or EETT. Funding was eliminated for the program--the only dedicated federal funding for technology in education--in the fiscal year 2011 appropriations bill.

Brief: Maryland, Microsoft Renew Technology Agreement

The Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium has renewed a statewide agreement with Microsoft that was originally signed in 1999.

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.

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