Policy Issues


Virginia First in Broadband Evaluation Pilot

Virginia will begin a statewide pilot program whose aim is to deliver high-speed broadband to schools while bringing costs down.

Cost of WiFi in Schools: $800 Million per Year

A new analysis of America's schools shows that it will cost $800 million per year to bring high-speed broadband to 99 percent of the student population, one of the goals of the Obama administration's ConnectED initiative.

Shifting Federal Priorities Mean More Funding for Ed Tech

Spurred on by the President's ConnectED initiative, the FCC is moving to prioritize WiFi over outdated technology, and there's still time for districts to speak up about what they need.

Report Questions Future Relevance of Formal Education

Can formal education remain relevant in the long term? That's one of six critical challenges facing schools identified in a new report examining the impact of technology on education.

District Adopts Career Guidance Service To Address New Texas Ed Requirement

A Texas school district is piloting an application to help its students prepare for careers just in time to address revisions to high school graduation requirements that mandate similar practices.

Bipartisan 'Protecting Student Privacy Act' Draft Legislation Released

New draft legislation out of the United States Senate would force school districts to release the names of every company that has access to their students' private data and would prohibit companies from using any personally identifiable information for advertising or marketing purposes.

ELL Students Neglected in School Turnaround Efforts

A new evaluation of School Improvement Grant recipients shows that even in schools with high percentages of English language learners, ELL students were poorly represented in strategic reform efforts.

Alliance for Excellent Ed Calls on FCC To Expand E-Rate Funding

The Alliance for Excellent Education has joined the growing group of organizations calling upon the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the E-rate program, which helps schools and libraries gain Internet access.

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American Students Ahead of the Curve on PISA Problem Solving Scores

No, this isn't an April Fool's joke. There's actually good news about American education coming out of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the triennial international assessment that ranks countries based on their students' proficiency in math, science and language arts (as measured by standardized tests).

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Bandwidth for All

With more and more students using mobile devices for learning, districts are finding creative ways to provide enough bandwidth for everyone to do their work outside of school.

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