Policy Issues


States Vie for $280 Million in Early Learning Grants

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia are competing for $280 million in federal in federal funding through the latest round of the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge.

Federal Grant Supports Technical Assistance for Educators of Deaf-Blind Students

A growing number of students with the deaf-blindness dual impairment are making their way out of specialized schools and into local neighborhood schools. Providing technical assistance to the educators who teach those students is part of the goal of a new $10.5 million grant awarded recently by the United States Department of Education.

How Have Washington's Budget Battles Affected Ed Tech Grants?

Despite the government shutdown and ongoing fiscal conflicts, federal funds are still flowing to districts.

National Education Association, Teach Plus Launch 'Future of the Profession' Fellowship

The National Education Association and Teach Plus have selected 53 teachers to become Future of the Profession Fellows.

NCC Developing Rubrics for Evaluating Online and Blended Learning

The Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) is launching a five-year Regional Online and Blended Learning Initiative to develop a set of rubrics and resources for the evaluation of online and blended learning programs for use by state education agencies in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.

The Major Cloud Computing Problems You're Not Paying Attention To

Keeping pace with the minutiae of cloud computing law is a big--usually forgotten--challenge for school districts. It's also a necessary one.

E-rate Comments Closed During Government Shutdown

Just two weeks away from the deadline, the FCC has stopped accepting public comment on the E-rate modernization proposal owing to the shutdown of the federal government. However, that needn't stop concerned K–12 professionals from ensuring that their views are heard.

7 Key Points for Transforming Learning Environments with Technology

Incorporating technology into traditional classroom practices is beneficial, but digital media has a greater effect on learning if educators use it to transform the school environment into a digital learning culture, according to a new paper from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Printed sign: Reform e-rate now!

E-Rate Reform Is 'Going to Happen.' But How?

The first steps toward comprehensive E-Rate reform have already been taken. What should schools expect?

Helium Bill Floats $270 Million to Rural Education

Rural education is receiving federal funding from an unexpected source: helium. Amid the federal government shutdown, the United States House and Senate passed a measure last week dealing with helium reserves that also reauthorized the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination program, affecting funding for more than 4,000 schools.

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