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Policy Issues


Virtual School Enrollment Increases by Double Digits

Both the number of online virtual schools and the number of students enrolled in those schools grew substantially last year, according to a new report out of the University of Colorado Boulder. But the numbers aren't as high as you might expect.

Report Recommends Curtailing Virtual School Growth Until Quality Issues Can Be Addressed

Lawmakers should stop the proliferation of virtual schools until significant quality issues have been addressed. That's just one recommendation from a report released this week that evaluated the growth and performance of full-time virtual schools in the United States.

President Obama, March 4, 2014

Obama 2015 Budget Proposes 'ConnectEDucators' Grants, New Race to the Top Programs, State Ed Tech Directors

The Obama administration is proposing bringing back federal funding earmarked specifically for education technology. In its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, revealed publicly today, the administration included $200 million in district-level, tech-focused competitive grants in a program called "ConnectEDucators."

Report: Teachers Want More Time, Resources To Prepare for Common Core

While more teachers today feel confident about their ability to teach Common Core State Standards, more than three-quarters of them reported they need more time to find teaching materials and develop lesson plans, according to a new survey of more than 20,000 teachers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic.

5 Best Practices for Safeguarding Student Data

In response to ongoing calls for increasing the safety of student data in the hands of technology vendors, the Software & Information Industry Association has issued a set of best practices for education technology vendors to follow.

ED Talks Tough on Student Privacy

The United States Department of Education is actively taking on the hot-button issue of student data privacy by issuing new guidance for districts, schools, educators and parents.

PARCC To Make Spring Common Core Tests Accessible for the Blind

Following a legal settlement with the National Federation of the Blind and other groups, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will make its Common Core tests accessible for blind students by this spring, when the assessments will be field tested by 1.2 million students in PARCC states.

A Second Wind for Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Proposes New Rules

Tom Wheeler is fighting back against his latest net neutrality court loss. Yesterday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission proposed new rules for preventing what he called "improper blocking of and discrimination among Internet traffic."

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.

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