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Policy Issues


Report: Cuts to Prison Education May Lead to Higher Prison Costs

Every year, more than 2 million adults are released from prisons and jails in the United States. Of those, some 40 percent find themselves incarcerated within three years of their release. But prison education programs can curb the three-year rate of recidivism by as much as 13 full percentage points. Unfortunately, according to a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, those education programs saw some drastic cuts in the four years immediately following the start of the recession, especially in states with higher prison populations.

Report on Superintendent Salaries Reveals Disparity Between Pay for Men and Women

A new report from AASA disclosed public school district superintendent salaries for the current school year, in the process revealing some significant disparities in maximum base pay between male and female administrators.

Restructuring is Most Common Approach to Improving Low-Performing Schools

Most state education agencies have chosen to close or restructure low-performing schools rather than shifting more effective educators to those schools, according to a new report.

Many States Struggle To Link Student Test Data to Individual Teachers

Linking student test data to individual teachers is the biggest challenge of establishing data systems to improve student achievement, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

Obama: Teachers Need Chance To Learn How To Integrate Tech into Learning

President Obama expects to request new funding in the federal budget for the next fiscal year specifically to help teachers and administrators obtain professional development to help them make the transition to digital learning.

Report: State Education Agencies Stymied by Achievement-Based Teacher Compensation and Evaluation Systems

A Recovery Act requirement for state education agencies to support linking educator compensation and evaluation to student achievement has presented significant challenges, and fewer than 10 SEAs supported that goal by the end of the 2010-2011 school year, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

The Modern School: Reclaiming Creativity and the Language of Learning

Our job as educators is not creating the workforce of tomorrow, argues Science Leadership Academy Founding Principal Chris Lehman. It's creating the citizenry of tomorrow. "If we shoot for the citizenry, we will get the workforce by default." Teachers must take back the language of the classroom, reclaim their creativity and create a shared vocabulary that makes sense to the children under their care.

Corporate America Commits $750 Million for ConnectED

President Obama has wooed $750 million worth of commitments from technology companies to support his ConnectED education initiative, originally announced last summer. Among the commitments, $100 million in devices and content from Apple, $100 million in free Internet connectivity for students from AT&T and $100 million worth of digital books for schools from O'Reilly Media.

E-Rate Reform at Hand as FCC Pledges $2 Billion More for Wireless Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission has gone public with plans to "reprioritize" existing E-rate funds over the next two years in order to invest an additional $2 billion toward putting broadband and wireless networks into 15,000 schools representing 20 million students.

Lack of Staff and Expertise Hinders Common Core Implementation

The vast majority of states adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010, the first year they were available, but lack of adequate staff and expertise on CCSS presented a major challenge to the implementation, according to a new report.

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