Policy Issues


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.

Report: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success Is Teacher Support

The national discussion around Common Core is off base. Instead of focusing on test scores, teacher accountability and federal takeovers, policymakers need to put their efforts behind supporting teachers to improve teaching practices and ultimately improve student learning, according to a report released this month.

Should 'Preschool for All' Take a Targeted Approach?

There's a conundrum facing universal preK. According to researchers, the disadvantaged see definite benefits from free preschool, with mid-term academic gains and increased "quality" parental involvement. But when preschool is available to all, those who can afford private schools begin to switch to the free, public system, causing a "crowd out" that, among other things, increases costs to taxpayers by "as much as 19 percent" while providing no discernible benefits.

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