On the heels of Betsy DeVos' confirmation as the new head of the United States Department of Education, several Republican representatives have introduced a bill to eliminate the department altogether.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
FCC regulators are telling nine companies that they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program intended to help them provide affordable internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies were approved to do so.
Commissioned through the Colorado General Assembly and the Governor's Office, Colorado Empowered Learning will work with Keystone to develop a statewide roadmap that will help shape and inform Colorado’s approach to blended learning.
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.
The program, the Emperor Science Award, now in its second year, will award 100 high school students with mentoring opportunities that will include placement with a "university-level research scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project." Winners will also receive a Google Chromebook and will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1,500 to cover expenses.
The "Pay for Success" competition offers technical support for projects intended to expand career and technical education programs for underserved and high-needs youth, thanks to a partnership between Social Finance and Jose for the Future.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
ClassTag, a free parent engagement app for teachers and schools, is unveiling a pilot launch of its Marketplace feature to boost schools’ funding. The announcement is being made at this week’s Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, FL.
The Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge invites teachers from across the country to share their ideas "for creative, hands-on projects that inspire students to explore math and science outside the classroom" for a chance to win cash prizes.
The Obama Administration and the United States Education Department (ED) are dropping an effort to adopt a final regulation under the Every Student Succeeds Act that would have required that federal funds must “supplement and not supplant” state and local funds.
The Federal Communications Commission sets aside $3.9 billion annually for E-rate funding, and with $200 million rolling over from 2016, school districts will have access to more than $4 billion in fiscal year 2017 for connectivity upgrades.