Equity Issues in Education


Districts, SHLB Coalition Applaud FCC Approval of E-rate Funds for Wi-Fi on School Buses

Beginning in funding year 2024, K–12 school districts may use E-rate funding for school bus-based Wi-Fi, connecting students on long bus rides — and, in some districts, connecting students in homes with no internet service — just as the Emergency Connectivity Fund expires.

Connect K–12 Report Shows Marked Increase in School District Internet Connectivity

In its fourth and final report on K–12 school district internet connectivity, Connected Nation's (CN) Connect K–12 program tracked a 57.4% increase in the three years since 2020, and now 74% of the nation's school districts meet or exceed the FCC's 1 Mbps bandwidth per student goal, an increase of over 5 million students since 2022.

NCES Survey Examines Public School Summer and After-School Academic Programs

According to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the vast majority of public schools offer summer and after-school programs, many with an academic focus, taught by full-time teachers, and most at no cost to families, but overall participation is low.

Survey: 90% of Educators See AI as a Beacon for More Accessible Education

Digital curriculum provider Imagine Learning, in a new survey of K–12 educators’ perceptions and uses of generative AI, found that 90% of respondents believe the technology has the potential to make education more accessible for students who need personalized learning methods.

Michigan Virtual Launches AI Lab for K–12 Research, Policy, and Development

Ed tech nonprofit Michigan Virtual is adding an AI Lab to its Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute to explore the practical and ethical applications of generative AI in K–12 educational settings, according to a news release.

MedCerts Launches CTE Model Allowing Students to Earn Career Skills, Credentials, and College Credits

Stride subsidiary MedCerts, a provider of healthcare and IT training and certification programs, has developed a public school Career and Technical Education model that allows high school students who are not college bound to graduate high school with an industry-recognized credential, career-ready skills — and college credits to boot, should the student opt to attend college later on.

NWEA Study: New Intervention Designed to be Easy for All Teachers Helps Secondary Students Struggling the Most

A yearlong study examining the impact of a reading fluency intervention for middle-schoolers shows a “statistically significant” improvement in test scores of the students scoring the lowest at the beginning of the year, according to a report released today by K–12 assessment and research organization NWEA.

Student Academic Recovery: Which Strategies Are Most Effective?

Setbacks in student achievement resulting from school shutdowns between 2020 and 2022 promise to be a pressing issue for some time to come. The good news: Research shows some effective ways to accelerate academic recovery for those students. The bad news: Not all schools are implementing these approaches, and some are implementing programs that have no positive impact — as well as programs that can lead to even greater setbacks.

Annual E-rate Survey Shows Majority of Schools, Libraries Want Cybersecurity Services Added

An overwhelming majority of E-rate applicants want the FCC to include cybersecurity services in the program, according to the 14th annual E-rate Trends Report released today by Funds For Learning.

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