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Betsy DeVos Wins Historic, Tie-Breaking Senate Vote to Become Education Secretary

Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos won a historically close Senate vote Tuesday to become secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), despite opposition from teachers’ unions, Democrats civil rights groups and parents. At approximately 12:40 p.m. ET, Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote, making the vote 51-50 and confirming President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for the cabinet post.

E-Rate Requests for High-Speed Internet Have Doubled Since Last Year

The number of E-rate requests for high-speed internet has doubled since last year, according to the 2016 E-Rate Trends Report, prepared by Oklahoma-based consulting group Funds for Learning.

Personalized Literacy Platform Debuts Beginning Reader Support, Monitoring Tools

The latest version of myON's personalized literacy platform features more monitoring tools to help educators measure individual student progress and needs.

Democrats Speaking for Next 24 Hours to Try to Derail Nomination of DeVos for ED Secretary

Senate Democrats are speaking on the floor of the chamber for the next 24 hours, in an effort to derail the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Education (ED).

NY Times Launches Program to Give Online Subscriptions to High School Students

The New York Times is launching a new program that will allow its subscribers and others interested in helping to support journalism and education by sponsoring online subscriptions to students in public schools.

Senate Votes to Close Debate on DeVos, Conduct Full Vote Next Week

The United States Senate voted early Friday to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of the Department of Education (ED) to a full note next week. By a 52-48 vote along party lines, the Senate voted to close debate on DeVos’ nomination by President Donald Trump, which has been one of his most controversial cabinet picks and could be the most contentious nomination for an ED secretary in American history.

Online Courses Marketplace Launches Live, Affordable Tutoring Service

TakeLessons, an online marketplace for finding and vetting instructors, earlier this week introduced an affordable way for learners of all ages to receive instruction from real teachers over the internet and in-person.

ISTE Seeks Feedback on Second Draft of Teacher Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is seeking feedback and recommendations on the second draft of its Standards for Teachers. ISTE is inviting input from the global education technology community through Feb. 28.

The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalized Learning

Personalized learning presents the opportunity to shift education by tailoring the learning experience to an individual student's needs and interests while helping them gain the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed in college and career.

QwertyTown Launches Version 2.0 of Web-Based Keyboarding App

QwertyTown, a web-based application that teaches keyboarding, digital literacy and online communication skills, has relaunched as version 2.0 with all new and updated lessons, games, teacher and admin tools, as well as a completely redesigned website.

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